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Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 3:29 PM

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom players briefly fell on hard times last week when Nintendo patched out a bevy of exploits, including some super easy and lucrative glitches for getting infinite diamonds and Lynel Horns. Fortunately, it took almost no time at all for players to discover a new trick for…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 3:06 PM

It's been over 10 years since the last Diablo. Nuts, right? Diablo IV arrives on June 6, 2023, and while Diablo III enjoyed a long, active life, it's certainly time for something new. Diablo III's move to console shortly after the PC release brought the legendary action role playing game series from Blizzard to an…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 2:51 PM

Rumors of a Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater remake have been swirling for years. Now we know all the fan speculation wasn't for naught. Konami revealed at Sony's PlayStation Showcase that the PS2 classic is getting modernized for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC so players can enjoy it all over again.


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 1:21 PM

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt—CD Projekt Red's massively successful and critically acclaimed open-world RPG—has now sold over 50 million copies, making it one of the best-selling games of all time. It's sold enough copies to be rubbing elbows with massive games like Grand Theft Auto V, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Tetris.


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:57 PM

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will soon be available to play on PC, marking the first time Sony's 21-year-old action platformer series can be played with a mouse and keyboard. The port will release on July 26, but you can already pre-purchase it for $60 on either Steam or the Epic Games Store.


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:10 PM

Amnesia: The Bunkerthe fourth game in the legendary survival horror series—will come to Xbox's Game Pass streaming service on the day it releases. After facing a few delays, the semi-open world horror game should finally be out on June 6, around the same time a handful of other titles come to Game Pass for its first…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:09 PM

Last week a video was released featuring two senior developers working on Diablo IV: Associate Game Director Joseph Piepiora and Art Director John Mueller. In the clip the pair were presented with a series of questions from "fans", which they answer at length, but it didn't take long for some digging to find that the…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:05 PM

It's almost summer and gamers are starting to lose it. In the midst of a renewed console race frenzy and video game industry consolidation, fan speculation about future game releases and company deals is at an all time high. It's an exciting time for new announcements as we head into not-E3 showcase season, but also…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:03 PM

Tears of the Kingdom is clearly proving it should've been named The Legend of Zelda: Betcha Didn't Know You Could Do This. It seems every day there's some unique way to traverse the big open world, solve cryptic puzzles, and more. Now, players have found unique ways to completely shut down bosses—and none of it…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 11:40 AM

After six months, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet now have Pokémon Home support, allowing players to transfer some of their old favorite 'mons from the storage app to the latest games. The update allows a select number of Pokémon to join your Paldea journey, but as fans have been exploring the update, they've discovered a…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:05 AM

Silent Hill Ascension, Konami's cryptic "live, real-time interactive series" game, just got a brand new trailer. It looks tense, with nasty enemies that should provide enough nightmare fuel to last through your waiting for details on other upcoming Silent Hill projects, like the Silent Hill 2 movie and desperately…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 9:50 AM

HoYoverse has just released its latest gacha game, Honkai: Star Rail, and this latest space adventure has met endless comparisons to its sister gacha, Genshin Impact. After spending dozens of hours trailblazing through Honkai: Star Rail's galaxy, I've experienced and combed through a huge number of different systems…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 30, 2023 9:20 AM

Some Shrines in Tears of the Kingdom have obvious solution. Others, well, if you've come across the Mayachin Shrine, which contains a giant target and a big ball that perpetually rolls down a slope, well you might still be standing there unsure what to do.


PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 2:28 PM
     Is there a Diablo 4 offline mode?

Can you play Diablo 4 offline? As we approach the release date, many are wondering if their dodgy internet connection is going to hold up for the upcoming game, or just want to experience Diablo 4 solo, so can you?

Diablo 4 is tied to online features including the world tier difficulty, as well as the many world bosses. There have been community grumbles around the lack of offline modes in previous Diablo games. There's been a demand for the RPG game to be playable offline since both Diablo 3 and Diablo Immortal were both online only, apart from Diablo 3 being available on the Nintendo Switch, not that it helps us PC players.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 2:26 PM
     Genshin Impact's international TCG competition has a wild prize pool

The first-ever Genshin Impact international Genius Invokation TCG tournament will have a USD $270,000 prize pool that'll get split among the winners in four of the anime game's major regions across the world. Players from North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America will all have a chance to put their duelist skills to the test during the Astra Carnival: The Prince Cup tournament.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 2:46 PM
     Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons – What is the Nightfall weapon this week?

Want to know what this week's Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon is? Each week you've got a chance at a different weapon for completing Nightfall Strikes, and ever since Season of the Lost, fan-favourite legacy weapons from the original Destiny has been added to the rotation. New seasons often introduce new weapons into the rotation, so it's more important than ever to know in advance the Nightfall weapon schedule.

Nightfall: The Ordeal is a playlist available in the Vanguard menu, alongside the basic Strike playlist in the free PC game. Each week, a different Strike is chosen as the Nightfall, and offered in five escalating difficulties, with harder enemies, challenging modifiers, and enemy power levels cranking up. The coveted Nightfall weapons have a chance to drop from any Nightfall Strike difficulty, but it's far more likely at higher levels, which is something you'll want to maximise your chances for with the Destiny 2 Lightfall release date that recently passed. Your best bet for farming each week's Nightfall weapon is to set the Strike to Master difficulty, or to Grandmaster difficulty when such strikes are available if you have a fireteam up to the task.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 1:35 PM
     Best Diablo 4 Necromancer build

What is the best Diablo 4 Necromancer build? If you've been wondering is yourself, you're not alone, but we've got your answer below. If you're familiar with the Diablo series, you'll know the Necromancer to be an incredibly powerful class archetype, and that's no different in Diablo 4. To get you ready for Diablo 4, we've taken a look at the Necromancer's skills so you can jump straight in with the most powerful build available.

In order to make the best Necromancer build, we've worked out which of the many weapons and armor available in Diablo 4 complement the Necromancer skills with the best synergy. While there have been some nerfs to the Necromancer's skills since a previous beta, they have been taken into account here, to provide you with the best Necromancer build for the Diablo 4 release date.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 1:19 PM
     New Sims 4 packs prove EA is listening to us

EA's iconic simulation game is receiving two new kits, and it seems that they are going for a more personalized route this time. The Sims 4 will be getting the Grunge Revival Kit and the Book Nook kit this season, two starkly different content packs with a similar theme - the player's own unique taste. There is nothing us Simmers love more than actually being listened to by the developers, and it seems their ears have finally opened up to us with these new Sims 4 kits.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 1:18 PM
     Treasure Quest codes May 2023

What are the Treasure Quest codes for May 2023? According to Scrooge McDuck, the best thing in life is wealth. While you can't swan dive into a sea of bullion in Treasure Quest, you can collect enough gold to outdo the GDP of a small country, and with these codes, you can get a bunch of free stuff along the way.

Braving your way through dungeons, slaying monsters, and carrying as much bullion as your little arms can manage is a tough ask, so we have all the currently active Treasure Quest codes to make the job a little easier. If you want more freebies in other popular Roblox games, make sure you check out our Project Mugetsu codes, Anime Adventures codes and Blox Fruit codes guides.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 1:11 PM
     Honkai Star Rail builds

Looking for a comprehensive list of Honkai Star Rail builds? Hoyoverse's interstellar gacha game includes an ever-expanding roster of unique and colorful characters, though pulling them from banners is only half the battle. You also need to pair them with the right equipment to get them fighting fit, which comes with its own battle against the odds. Thankfully, we've collated all our Honkai Star Rail builds into a single guide, so you can easily keep track of the best builds across the board.

Of course, if you only want to spend your precious upgrade materials on the very best characters that Honkai Star Rail has to offer, then be sure to pair this guide with our Honkai Star Rail tier list. We also highly recommend that you bookmark this page, so that you can easily consult it whenever you pull brand-new characters from the various Honkai Star Rail banners. Without further ado, these are all the best Honkai Star Rail builds ready for your perusal.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:45 PM
     Corsair says iCUE Link will help you build PCs 50% faster

So, you're building a PC, you've finally got all your components mounted in the right places, and everything seems to be working alright. Now comes the part every PC gamer hates: sorting the cables out. But luckily for us, Corsair's coming to the rescue with iCUE Link.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:37 PM
     GTA podium car: here's what vehicle you can win in GTA Online

What is the GTA podium car this week? GTA Online vehicles are expensive things, so we're happy to take a spin on the Diamond Casino's Lucky Wheel to get a discount. Winning isn't guaranteed, sure, but it isn't out of the question, either. Look, we don't have a problem - leave it alone.

Finding out what is the GTA podium car is simple enough - it's winning it that's the challenge. You can spin the Diamond Casino's Lucky Wheel once daily, and each Podium Car refreshes after seven days on a Thursday. Basically, you have seven shots to get the vehicle of that given week. If you own a Penthouse, you can spin it for free, but if you don't, it's $500 a spin. Don't fret if you don't win, as you can try for something else.

You have a one in 20 chance of getting the podium vehicle, a car discount, or a mystery prize. There's a four in 20 chance of getting clothes, chips, and cash. Finally, there's a five in 20 chance of getting RP. On that note, here's everything you need to know about this week's GTA podium car.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:35 PM
     Asus ROG Ally updates bring huge performance boost versus Steam Deck

New Asus ROG Ally updates have greatly improved the performance of the handheld, especially versus its main rival, the Steam Deck. Now, armed with the latest firmware and drivers, the Ally produces frame rates that are up to 20% better compared to launch.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:27 PM
     GTA 5 cheats 2023

Looking for GTA 5 cheats in 2023? How about codes, console commands, and phone numbers, too? We've scoured the internet to find every cheat code and console command you could need to get the most out of your GTA 5 experience, including all the GTA 5 car cheats.

This guide is your comprehensive hub for all the best and most useful cheats. So whether you're in dire need of a shortcut to skip to the good stuff on your 90th GTA 5 playthrough, or you're just bored and want to fly up into the sky, we've indexed and categorized every code in the game, alongside instructions on how to enter them. If you're looking to get ahead of the competition in multiplayer literally, we've got a list of the fastest GTA 5 cars to enjoy in this most popular of open-world games.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:25 PM
     Counter-Strike 2 will apparently include

Counter-Strike 2 may include a whole-new strand of customizables and collectibles to sit alongside skins and stickers, as a recent CS2 datamine reveals mention of "pets" in the upcoming Valve FPS game. For over a decade we've plundered CSGO cases to make our assault rifles, knives, and AWPs look as tricked-out as possible, but with Counter-Strike 2, there seems to be the possibility that we get an animal companion to follow us into battle, one that we can also style and modify just like our guns and gear. Dota 2 has pets. So do other multiplayer hits like World of Warcraft. Perhaps we're about to see something similar in the world of Counter-Strike.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 1:54 PM
     Diablo 4 season 1 start date

What is the Diablo 4 season 1 start date? A much-loved feature from Diablo 3 makes its return in Diablo 4 with the (re)introduction of seasons. They'll introduce everything from new questlines to items, gameplay mechanics, and more. In order to expand on the rich, dark, gothic world of Sanctuary, Blizzard will make sure players have plenty to sink their teeth into, whether you're a fresh-faced player taking their first steps into Sanctuary, or a grizzled veteran of the Burning Hells.

It's not long now until we reach the Diablo 4 release date for Blizzard's latest foray into the underworld in the form of Diablo 4, so we've viewed every developer livestream and absorbed all of the information out there about the season roadmap. The seasonal model will be available to all of the Diablo 4 classes, but just how does that look currently?

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:15 PM
     Minecraft allegedly bans guns and firearms in custom servers

Minecraft guns and firearms are apparently set to be banned under revised user policies from Mojang, which seem to state that "all references to guns and firearms are not compliant" with the current adult content rules for the popular building game. One popular Minecraft server, GTM or 'Grand Theft Minecraft,' has allegedly received a notice from Mojang saying that it must remove or redesign the guns that feature in its custom games. Minecraft customizations that allow for realistic-looking guns, and also have names similar to their real-world counterparts, appear to be the central concern of Mojang's current user policies.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:21 PM
     Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart is coming to PC real soon

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart PC port is on the way to Steam and the Epic Games Store, as one of the PS5's best games is the next PlayStation classic to get the port treatment. As a massive fan of classic platform games like Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, and Jak and Daxter, to say the surprise announcement of Ratch and Clank Rift Apart put a smile on my face would be an understatement.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:00 PM
     Diablo 4 review – Hail Lilith, the darkness has returned

"By three they come, by three thy way opens, by the blood of the willing, we call thee home." The past four years of my life have been haunted by those words, teasing me at every turn, reminding me that, one day, I'd be writing this Diablo 4 review. Given I've focused on it for my entire career so far, it feels almost surreal - how is the action RPG game releasing next week? There was always concern that all of that excitement, all of that magic, would fall flat. Could Diablo 4 really live up to the sky-high expectations I set for it? Yes, my fellow nephalem, yes it does.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 2:14 PM
     Best Diablo 4 classes guide

What are the best Diablo 4 classes? Since the game was revealed in late 2019, fans have been speculating what each of the five classes will bring to the game. We know that the five classes are: Necromancer, Rogue, Sorceress, Barbarian, and Druid.

Every Diablo 4 class has its own unique skill tree, allowing players to pick which abilities they want to use. Unlike Diablo 3 which featured set character designs, each class's appearance in Diablo 4 can be customized, even down to the skin color of each character. Diablo 4's release date may be a few weeks away, but we've had hands-on experience with the game and have everything you need to know about the best Diablo 4 class at launch.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 11:45 AM
     Is Street Fighter 6 on Game Pass?

Want to know if Street Fighter 6 is on Game Pass? Many people have different uses for Xbox Game Pass, with some using it to play games they would otherwise need to buy and others opting to try them out first to see if it's for them. This is especially true for competitive games requiring many hours of practice to become the best of the best.

So given that fighting games have a relatively high skill ceiling, it can be difficult to see if Street Fighter 6 is for you without trying it for yourself unless, of course, you read our Street Fighter 6 review first. As it offers a rather sizeable Street Fighter 6 roster, you may be excited to try out lengthy World Tour mode and the purposefully designed Modern controls that aim to ease newcomers in with easy-to-input combos, particularly if this is your first Street Fighter game.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 11:33 AM
     Civilization 6 is pretty much free right now on Steam

If you love free PC games - or almost-free games - then this Civilization 6 Steam sale is the perfect opportunity for you to grab a budget-friendly title. Within the realm of strategy games, there are few names quite as big as those in Sid Meier's Civilization series. Civilization 6 is Sid Meier's most recent game, and with a discount as big as this one, it could be the perfect place to jump into the series.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 11:21 AM
     Street Fighter 6 Benchmark Tool is here to make your gaming PC sweat

Capcom has just launched its Street Fighter 6 Benchmark Tool, which aims to help you get your gaming PC ready for battle ahead of the fighting game's release date. While I'm pleased that players have this program at their disposal, it does have a few limitations that you should know about.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:47 AM
     Half-Life 2 Remastered is testing on Steam

Half-Life 2 Remastered, which is expected to upscale, revive, and relaunch Valve's classic FPS game using the more modern CSGO Source engine, is being tested on Steam, potentially pointing to a release in the near future. From the same creators as Half-Life 2 Update, Remastered is not a full remake in the vein of Black Mesa, but rather an enhanced and visually overhauled version of the original Half-Life 2, though it seemingly has the go-ahead and blessing from Valve itself. Maybe this is what we need while we wait on Half-Life 3.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:15 AM
     Silent Hill Ascension sounds like a worldwide version of Until Dawn

Silent Hill Ascension was one of many horror game projects revealed by Konami last year, and we've now been given a boatload more details about the interactive film-like videogame experience alongside a brand new trailer. While the exact nature of Silent Hill Ascension still remains a mystery, Konami has still given us a whole lot more to chew on.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:05 AM
     The Witcher 3 is officially bigger than California

There are now over 50 million players setting out as Geralt to find Ciri in The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red's beloved fantasy game. The series as a whole has accumulated over 75 million players, meaning that the third installment has brought in the bulk of The Witcher fans. The Witcher 3 is also CD Projekt Red's most successful game thus far, in terms of both rating and sales, despite other big releases.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:05 AM
     Kage Tycoon codes May 2023

What are the active Kage Tycoon codes? A lot of the most popular Roblox games are inspired by anime, and Kage Tycoon is no different, openly inspired by Naruto. The developer, BladeMinds, has tapped into this love, and even offers loads of great in-game redemption codes to keep players coming back for more, so we wanted to find out the very latest codes.

Whether you're new to the anime-inspired game or a seasoned Kage Tycoon veteran, we'd still recommend keeping up on the latest Roblox promo codes for extra cash, XP, and even luck - lord knows we can always use some of that. We can also help you find more codes for one of the best Roblox games, and we show you how to redeem them in-game. With a new update coming to Kage Tycoon soon, Roblox developer BladeMinds has released some new codes this week to get you hyped up, so perfect your Naruto run and redeem these Kage Tycoon codes in preparation.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:00 AM
     Marathon release date, trailer, gameplay, and news

What is the Marathon release date? Marathon is a forthcoming first-person shooter from Bungie, the team behind hit games like Destiny 2 and the original Halo. A recent trailer and vidoc gave us the scoop on what players could expect from the game, which was rumored to be in development for quite some time before Bungie's actual announcement in May.

And, while the Marathon release date is still quite a ways away, the hype is real, given Bungie's history of delivering great experiences and the stunning trailer that re-introduced gamers to the remake of the classic FPS game.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:57 PM

EVGA's Z20 mechanical keyboard has turned up on the RPS Deals Patch a few times, but always in the UK - and now we've finally seen a decent price drop on the US version over at Best Buy. Until June 1st, you can pick up this full-size optical mechanical keyboard for $59.99, a $115 discount from its MSRP and a great deal.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:43 PM

The Samsung 990 Pro is the fastest gaming SSD we've ever tested, and it's down to £153.99 on Amazon UK for a 2TB model as of today. That's nearly £30 below RRP and a good deal for a drive of this level of performance.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:20 PM

Hey, fancy doing something unpleasant for the next ten minutes? Download Mannequin for free, a new little horror game. I don't think it's ruining any surprise to tell you that it's one of those games with horrible, horrible mannequins which can move when you're not looking. I hate this type of monster! It's a very good type of monster! And I hate it! And this little game is a decent one of these. So that's a short bit of fun for you.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:19 PM

Konami and lead developer Genvid have offered a first proper look at Silent Hill: Ascension, their "interactive video streaming experience." Ascension was the vaguest announcement from Konami's big Silent Hill blowout from last year, and though details remain foggy, we now have a somewhat clearer picture of what to expect. Take a look below:

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:00 PM

Playing Diablo IV gave me a real case of the "have I changed, or have the games changed?", and I think the answer is "yes". For the uninitiated, Diablo forms one of the jewels in Blizzard's crown (maybe a smaller one, just offset to the Warfcraft centre stone), an action-RPG series that's like if the kind of 90s metal album cover that has a skeleton on it asked to be turned into a game where you explode many hundreds of near-identical monsters to get incrementally better loot. This is a spoiler-free review of the latest greatest addition, following 2012's Diablo III, but a Diablo game's story is sort of unspoilable, both because a) paying attention to it is of passing importance to playing, and b) the plot of them is always basically the same anyway.

To wit: Sanctuary, a high-fantasy world with a low-fantasy vibe, where so much as going to the next town over will be a brush with some horrible little goblin rat called a Flesh Thresher, was created as a respite from the eternal battle between heaven and hell. After X number of years of relative peace, one (or many) of the Lords Of Hell is doin' some bad stuff. Usually Diablo, I'll grant you. In this case it's Lilith, a kind of Dante's Lady Dimetrescu, who's making people horny for being stepped on power. Diablo games have always had a Grand Canyon sized gulf between the cinematics (epic; luscious; brutal) and the game in practise (clicking). IV is no different. And you know. It's fine.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 11:11 AM

When I previewed an early production sample of the Crucial T700, the theoretically fastest drive in the PCIe 5.0 SSDs vanguard, I said the price must be right for launch. Here was a drive that didn't really move gaming performance beyond the best SSDs of the PCIe 4.0 generation, but could boot general read and write speeds into the stratosphere. That could be worth upgrading to, if the T700 itself stayed within reach of most PC owners.

Reader, the price is not right.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:52 AM

Microsoft have announced what's coming to Game Pass for the first two weeks of June, which includes games about cute childhood summers (Dordogne), a bunch of stacking dolls (Stacking), and a horrifying monster chasing you in the shadows (Amnesia: The Bunker). Something for every type of person, then, from those that suffer from summertime blues to sun-loving extroverts.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 9:53 AM

Tetris gobbled up so much of my time during the early years of university, partly because it functioned as a quick break between writing essays. Those quick breaks soon became trances though, as my eyes stayed unblinking and my fingers snapped across the keyboard with a mind of their own. The best game of all time, some might argue. Professional procrastinators can now rejoice as there's a new way to play the blocky puzzler: Setris, or Tetris with sand.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 30, 2023 8:36 AM

Developers Iron Gate have been receiving questions about Valheim mods, and "what we as a company approve of - as well as what we don't approve of." So the team decided to clear up their stance on mods, and most notably, their stance on paid mods which is what they've been asked about the most.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:00 PM
     Angels and demons.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 3:28 PM

New Pokemon Squishmallows are Piplup and Winking Pikachu

Jazwares and Kelly Toys announced the next two Pokemon Squishmallow plush toys are Piplup and a new winking Pikachu. This will mark the second sort of Pikachu variant in the collection. There's no release date yet, but the official account did share a picture of the two new plush alongside the six already in the lineup.

Here are the official Piplup and winking Pikachu Squishmallow Pokemon stuffed animals.

The first two characters in this line were Pikachu and Gengar. They initially showed up in the Pokemon Center online storefront. Those versions of the toys are different from the ones in wider circulation, as they feature a special patch on the back noting where the person bought them. After launch, they eventually also showed up in stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.

The second two to join the collection were Snorlax and Togepi. Like Gengar and Pikachu, they first appeared in the Pokemon Center in April 2023. There have been reports of the two designs appearing in additional stores like Box Lunch and Target. However, they aren't widespread releases yet.

The fifth and sixth Pokemon Squishmallow stuffed animals will be Piplup and winking Pikachu. Both are in development ahead of their widespread release

The post New Pokemon Squishmallows are Piplup and Winking Pikachu appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 3:00 PM

Doki Doki Literature Club Super Groupies

Super Groupies opened up pre-orders for Doki Doki Literature Club accessories and merchandise. Pre-orders will be available until 12pm JST on June 19, 2023. That would be 8pm PT/11pm ET on June 18, 2023 for those in the west. In total, Super Groupies will release six Doki Doki Literature Club items that draw inspiration from the four club members.

There are four watches with designs based on Sayori, Monika, Yuri, and Natsuki. The watches also contain references to the game itself. For example, the face of Yuri's watch is at an angle, much like how the backgrounds slanted in Yuri's route. Another example is in the black pixels on Natsuki's watch to emulate the pixels that would appear. Each watch costs 22,000 JPY, which is around $156.80.

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Super Groupies will also release a tote bag and a wallet based on Monika. The leather is the same light brown of her hair. As well, the insides contain the "Just Monika" text box, as well as a lot of text glitches. The tote bag costs 18,700 JPY (around $133.30) and the wallet costs 15,400 JPY (around $109.80).

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Doki Doki Literature Club started as a freeware game that Team Salvato released in 2017. Though it begins like a normal visual novel, things start to go off the rails after a few hours. It has a large online fanbase, with one of the reasons behind its success behind its usage of surreal and psychological horror. An expanded, paid version later appeared on consoles and PCs.

The Doki Doki Literature Club accessories and merchandise from Super Groupies will be available until June 19, 2023. As a reminder, Super Groupies does offer international shipping, so those living overseas will be able to directly order from the website.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 2:30 PM

Bastard!! Season 2

Netflix announced that season 2 of Bastard: Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy will begin airing on July 31, 2023. It dropped a new trailer along with it.  The second season was first teased back in January 2023, when a short trailer and design sheets for several characters were also shown. The official site notes that this season will cover the Hell's Requiem arc.

This season is once again directed by Takaharu Ozaki (Goblin Slayer) and Liden Films, with Kisho Taniyama returning to voice the wizard Dark Schneider. Also featuring are Tomori Kusunoki as Tia Noto Yoko, Kensho Ono as Kall-su, Kanae Ito as Lucien Renlen, and Hiroki Yasumoto as Ninja Master Gara.

Here's the official Twitter announcement from Netflix, which includes the new trailer:


Bastard is an anime adaptation of the dark fantasy manga of the same name by Kazushi Hagiwara, which was originally serialized in Shonen Jump. It follows the adventures of the wizard Dark Schneider defending (or not) the Kingdom of Meta-llicana from the dark god of destruction, Anthrasax. The first season aired on Netflix in June of 2022 and consists of 24 episodes.

Season 2 of Bastard: Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy will begin airing on July 31, 2023 over on Netflix, where the first season is immediately available.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 2:00 PM

Dragon Ball The Breakers Season 3 Adds Ginyu Force Characters

More Dragon Ball: The Breakers characters and content is coming in season 3, with Ginyu Force debuting as the new Raider. Bandai Namco announced the new season starts on June 9, 2023, with paid and free content appearing. However, people can access the public test server starting on May 31, 2023 to test out the new additions early.

While Ginryu Force is made up of Ginyu, Burter, Guldo, Jeice, and Recoome, the characters act as a single entity in Dragon Ball: The Breakers. The announcement stream noted they are a "team-up type." Players will switch them out, and being able to do so without a survivor beating them makes the next character stronger. This was showcased starting at the five minute mark of the Season 3 Special Launch Live-Stream.

As for Survivor Skins, a few are coming. Dende and King Kai will be sold for TP Tokens. Fortuneteller Baba will be a Dragon Tier reward. Bulma, Chi-Chi-, Oolong, and Yajirobe will also appear.

New Transphere were announced too. Once the new season starts, we will be able to grab one and turn into Bardock, Gohan, or Goten. The Bardock and Goten versions will be their Super Saiyan forms. For Gohan, it will be his teen Super Saiyan 2 one.

Snowy Mountain will also appear as the new free map in the game.

Here's the full Dragon Ball: The Breakers season 3 presentation:

And here's a more focused trailer only looking at the Ginyu Force characters' official Dragon Ball: The Breakers introduction:

Dragon Ball: The Breakers is available on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC, and season 3 begins on June 9, 2023. If you participate in the public test beta, you'll eventually get three season 3 summon tickets and 5,000 Zeni. As a reminder, Vegeta appeared as a Raider in season 2.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 1:30 PM

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PC Version Heads to Steam in July

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the latest PS5 exclusive to head to PCs, and the game already has a Steam release date. People will be able to pick it up on July 26, 2023. The product page is live and people can add it to their wishlists. There's also a trailer for the port.

Here's the trailer for the PC version of the game.

The Steam page doesn't note any PC requirements for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart yet. However, the description did note some of the things we can expect from this release. There will be standard and ultra-wide support options. Ray-tracing is possible for refelctions and shadows. There will be an unlocked frame rate, if your PC can hadnle it. It also noted support for NVIDIA DLSS 3, DLAA, and Reflex, AMD FSR 2, and Intel XeSS. While the Steam product page sidebar doesn't note controller support or achievements, Insomniac already confirmed there will be achievements, cloud saves, a mouse and keyboard control option, and DualSense support.

The Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PC release date is July 26, 2023, and it will be available on Steam. We can already find the game on the PS5.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 1:00 PM

See the One Piece Live-Action Going Merry in New Netflix Poster

There's another update on the Netflix live-action adaptation of One Piece, and this time it involves Going Merry. A new poster appeared with a different key visual. This time, the focus is on how the Straw Hat Pirates' ship will look in the show.

Here's the official announcement. We only get to see Going Merry head-on in this One Piece live-action poster. The figurehead is a sheep, just as it is in the manga and anime. For the poster, the character's mouth is open. This suggests that its expression could exchange during the show, just as it would in the series in response to certain events.

As we can see at the bottom of the new visual, there's still a 2023 release window for this adaptation of One Piece. However, we don't have an exact release date. However, creator Eiichiro Oda said, "[Netflix] promised that we won't launch it until I'm satisfied." So there is a chance that debut could be delayed if Oda doesn't approve of the direction or current quality.

The live-action One Piece show will appear on Netflix in 2023. Viz Media handles the localization of the manga volumes. We can watch the anime adaptation of the series on Crunchyroll.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:30 PM

Pokemon Home Scarlet Violet

From May 30, 2023, Pokemon Home will start supporting for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Once you connect your game to Pokemon Home, you'll receive a Sprigatito, a Fuecoco, and a Quaxly. All three of them will have their Hidden Ability. As well, you'll be able to transfer in Pokemon that Game Freak coded into Scarlet and Violet, but never made obtainable in Paldea.

The full list of Pokemon that you'll be able to transfer to and from Scarlet and Violet is available via Serebii. Some Pokemon were obtainable through limited events, such as Charizard or Typhlosion. You could only get them through Tera Raids or, if you missed them, trading. This also gives us the chance to transfer in Pokemon from their previous journeys. So if you have an emotional attachment to a Pokemon partner from, say, X or Y, you'll be able to bring them with you as you travel through Paldea.

In late 2022, before the official launch of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet in Spring 2023, Nintendo announced that the game would not have Pokemon Home support at launch. It never gave an official reason as to why that was. In mid-May 2023, Nintendo announced a May 24, 2023 release date. However, this was a mistake. Seeing as that was last week, the delay was not very long. Pokemon Home is a subscription-based cloud service that allows you to keep all of your Pokemon in one place, as well as transfer them around. It only supports Switch games, as well as Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are readily available on the Nintendo Switch. You'll be able to link your Pokemon Home account with your Scarlet/Violet file from May 30, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:01 PM

Diablo IV

Lilith arrived in Sanctuary with her the minions of hell. Diablo IV introduces one of the most integral characters from its expansive catalogue of lore to weave a tapestry about choice, parenthood, while transitioning the series into something more resembling a live service game. With one of the most interesting antagonists to date and a cast of characters that harken back to the much beloved Diablo II, Blizzard attempted to recreate the same lightning in a bottle it did with that seminal entry in the franchise. While Diablo IV is most certainly a beast of its own, it retreads old ground in more ways than one.

Editor's Note: This review was written without access to the battle pass. A feature about how it works and impacts the game will appear in the future.

Diablo IV shares more in common with Diablo II, in terms of how it executes its skill tree, as opposed to Diablo III or other action-RPGs that share similar DNA. Players will allocate a set amount of skill points per branch before they can progress and obtain new skills or passives. However, it isn't entirely linear in its overall execution, as you can always go back and add more skill points or even invest in new skills or passives you may not have obtained earlier in the game. Generally, players can invest in as many skills as they want, but will only ever be able to use a total of six skills at any given time. You can also obtain additional skill points through passives found in Legendary items, which can be used to try out new skills without investing skill points or even empowering active skills beyond its five point threshold. Investment also is as permanent as Path of Exile, for example, as you can reset your skill tree at any time for a sum of gold that scales based on level. You can also refund individual skills without needing to reset your entire tree if you can remember what order you invested those points in.

However, builds in Diablo IV are almost entirely dictated by the Legendary items you obtain. This isn't too dissimilar from Diablo III, but it feels more restrictive. Thankfully, I obtained the Legendary items I needed for my build fairly early on and at integral points of the game, which allowed me to beat the final encounter some ten levels below the suggested level at World Tier l. Without those items, I would have probably needed to dedicate more time to participating in events found throughout the world or picked up more side quests for experience. But even at World Tier II, certain encounters definitely felt considerably easier once I had the appropriate items for my build as a Rogue, which relied on vulnerability and poison. Harder encounters became something of a DPS race, as I was determined to kill whatever would potentially instantly obliterate before it even had the chance to do so. I wouldn't recommend playing this way, but it is entirely possible and does pose some fun challenges before you unlock the harder end game content.

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Once players beat the main campaign, Capstone Dungeons will be unlocked, along with missions on rotations players can complete to receive rewards. These are generally fairly challenging. It is suggested that players are at least level 45, since certain missions will require you to crawl through dungeons and take on a boss as the final bit of the encounter. This is how players will spend a bulk of their time obtaining Paragon points (which are used to allocate passive stats post level 50) and Legendary gear to create their ideal build. What differs about the Paragon system this time around is that they are fairly extensive and aren't just four paths you can level up like Diablo III. This is the real meat of where your build will be, since you will be picking and assigning glyphs to enhance your passives. For example, certain glyphs will increase the amount of poison damage a Rogue can do or can enhance the kinds of elemental damage the Sorcerer is capable of dishing out.

That said, certain classes do feel significantly stronger than others. Sorcerers and Rogues feel like absolutely powerhouses in comparison to the Barbarian and Druid. Necromancer feels like a middle ground at the moment, but with the right Legendary items, they're capable of dealing incredible amounts of damage. The Barbarian and Druid aren't nearly as lucky, but can get through most of the more challenging encounters the main scenario presents through sheer force of will.

Thankfully, boss fights in Diablo IV aren't as active as you may expect, as the game takes a slower, more deliberate approach to these encounters. Coming from Lost Ark to Diablo IV left me surprised at the general pace of the boss fights, which can sometimes be a slog if you're not able to stun bosses out of attacks or stagger them with the right kind of damage. There isn't any real mechanical complexity to a lot of them, with the exception of one that transforms the arena. But this feels in line with other entries in the series, as boss fights in Diablo III weren't exactly engaging, though they were extremely punishing during the game's first few months.

[caption id="attachment_965431" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Diablo IV Image via Blizzard Entertainment[/caption]

Certain fights also feel way more challenging than others. They can be overloaded with projectiles players need to dodge in order to avoid taking amplified damage while vulnerable, while others are fairly basic and just require you to dodge and move out of certain windows. Nothing is too challenging, but that's what the different World Tiers are for. Though, from what I've experienced it mostly just affects the overall pool of health and damage done to you. That said, the game can easily be completed solo and despite the more MMO-lite approach Blizzard has taken with Diablo IV, you won't be reliant on players for anything outside of possible world bosses.

What Blizzard has succeeded in is creating one of its most compelling characters within its catalog of games. Lilith, the central antagonist of Diablo IV and mother of Sanctuary, is without one of the best additions to the Diablo series by far, with this only amplified by Caroline Faber's performance. While she is no doubt driving Sanctuary to the brink of madness, there is something human about Lilith that makes her the most interesting antagonist in the series to date. However, despite Diablo IV introducing a new antagonist and even a new cast of characters, it is a narrative determined to retread old ground. Homages and even references to prior Diablo games, specifically Diablo II, feel as though they are reassuring players this is not Diablo III, for better or worse. This hinders what new ideas Diablo IV presents, as the narrative seems caught up in trying to tell the same story as its predecessors.

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Outside of moments when Lilith appears and utterly steals the shows, sidequests help flesh out the world of Sanctuary. While event quests are mostly generic and see you escorting ghosts to the graves of their loved ones or killing servants of Lilith before they spawn greater, more terrible demons, sidequests provide a glimpse into the madness the world faces. These narratives are equally fulfilling if at times equally harrowing as the main scenario, demon possessions and gore aplenty. This helps add texture to the world, and gives even the most minute characters in Diablo IV some substance. Even NPCs you see in passing provide some details as to how the world is faring with Lilith's return, which is far from ideal in the eyes of most. The environments are also incredibly detailed for a game that you will spend most of your time zoomed out of. The various locals in Diablo IV are utterly gorgeous, if not a bit gray at times, but it truly shines in its more macabre states.

Diablo IV feels like a worthy successor to the franchise. It has all of the hallmarks of a Diablo game, but adopts more modern contrivances that feel almost unnecessary in a series that has thrived off of paid expansion packs accompanied by free updates. Embracing this MMO-lite formula gives Diablo IV a lot of potential for growth in terms of what can be added to the game over time, and I'm genuinely interested in future story related updates given how the main narrative ended. But its slow pace and limited character builds could be a turn-off to some, especially those looking for more variety. It feels like time will tell with Diablo IV and whether or not it will thrive among other live service games of its kind that have carved out a niche in the series' absence.

Diablo IV will release on June 6, 2023 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 11:30 AM

Ghost in the Shell, Sonic the Hedgehog Coming to PSO2 New Genesis

Two big crossovers are coming to Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. Sega announced in the May 30, 2023 NGS Headline that there will be Ghost in the Shell and Sonic the Hedgehog items in PSO2. Both crossovers will happen in the second half of June 2023. Sonic items arrive on June 21, 2023, while Major Motoko Kusanagi and the crew will show up on June 28, 2023.

The Sonic the Hedgehog PSO2 New Genesis event is being held in honor of his birthday. The hub will feature statues of Sonic, Tails, Amy Rose, Knuckles, and Dr. Robotnik. There will also be a Special Training: Green Hill Sprint limited quest. This is a practice drill with item drops like a Curio Holy Ray. It also offers extra quest point bonus rewards for getting rings and Chaos Emeralds. It's designed to behave like a Sonic level. As a reminder, Sonic items often appear in the game, such as a Tails Mag Form or other customization items.

As for the Ghost in the Shell PSO2 New Genesis AC Scratch Ticket, it is based on SAC 2045. People can dress up as Motoko or Batou with its items. There are also Weapon Camo options based on the series. It also looks like there will be a Tachikoma Mag Form, as there are stamps based on characters from the series. It looks like there will be a Tachikoma characters can ride too.

Here's the full NGS Headline. The crossovers appear after the 34 minute mark.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is available to play on the PS4, PS5, Xox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The Sonic the Hedgehog PSO2 New Genesis crossover begins on June 21, 2023, with the Ghost in the Shell customization items appearing on June 28, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 11:00 AM

Hololive Mumei

Hololive announced a new Nanashi Mumei merchandise set to celebrate the Vtuber reaching 774,000 subscribers. The milestone is significant, because 774 can be read as "nanashi" in Japanese. She also announced she would be taking an approximately two-week-long break for health reasons.

The 774k subscriber celebration merchandise for Nanashi Mumei includes a porcelain mug and a hooded towel available individually or as a set. The set also includes a bonus sticker sheet. The items are available via the Hololive Store and Geekjack. The set will cost ¥4,400 JPY/$30 USD, or it is ¥2,200 JPY/$15 USD for each of the items individually. Shipping is estimated for late November-December 2023.

You can get a look at the new Hololive merchandise in the gallery below:

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Mumei reported having a cough for almost three months and said she will using the break to rest her vocal cords. She discussed the problem in her last stream before the break, which included pre-recorded singing sections.

You can watch the stream below:


The Nanashi Mumei merchandise set can be found on the Hololive store. When not on break, she usually streams over on her Youtube Channel. You can also follow her Twitter for updates.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:30 AM

Katsuhiro Harada Drew Chun-Li and Mai Shiranui at Combo-Breaker

Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada appeared at Combo Breaker 2023. When he did, he also ended up showing his artistic skills. He drew a number of different characters, both from Tekken and other titles, then shared them online. For example, people could see "Unlucky" Chloe, Street Fighter's Chun-Li, and KOF's Mai Shiranui. After he did, he reminded people that he developed these skills due to starting as "a game planner and game designer."

First, here's the picture of Chloe he drew:

Next, here's what Katsuhiro Harada's sketch of Chun-Li looked like:

After that, Harada drew a picture of Mai Shiranui after a Twitter follower requested it.

Once all the images were shared, he explained about his artistic capabilities.

Harada appeared at Combo Breaker 2023 for more reasons than to show off artistic skills. A new Tekken 8 reveal happened at Combo Breaker 2023. Bryan Fury will return for the game.

Tekken 8 is in development for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:00 AM

Street Fighter 6 Benchmark Tool Helps with PC System Requirement Assessment

Potential Street Fighter 6 PC players now have a benchmark tool to help look at system requirements. Capcom shared the free program worldwide. It's now live at the official site, with a brief download that lets someone see what to expect if they get the game at launch and play it on their current setup.

The Street Fighter 6 benchmark tool is easy to use. Once downloaded, start the program. You can then use it to automatically assess your computer. A score out of 100 will show how capable it is. A 91-100 score is ideal, but people who manage above 71 should also be able to play. Capcom also featured a 31-70 window, which could mean adjusting some settings. However, if the benchmark tool gives someone a 30 or lower, that means a person's PC system requirements are not ready for Street Fighter 6.

As a reminder, here are the Street Fighter 6 PC system requirements from Steam.


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit required)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-7500 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX1060 (VRAM 6GB) / Radeon RX 580 (VRAM 4GB)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 60 GB available space


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit)/Windows 11 (64 bit)

    • Processor: Intel Core i7 8700 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600

    • Memory: 16 GB RAM

    • Graphics: RTX2070 / Radeon RX 5700XT

    • DirectX: Version 12

    • Storage: 60 GB available space

Street Fighter 6 will debut on the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC on June 2, 2023. It will also eventually appear in arcades.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 9:30 AM

Silent Hill Ascension Game

Multiple Silent Hill games are on the way, and there's a new look at the Silent Hill: Ascension "interactive series." The trailer notes that this will be more of an adventure line featuring multiple characters who find themselves dealing with the horrors of the town. As such, it means players' decisions decide what happens. There's still no exact release date, but it will appear in 2023 from Behaviour Interactive, Genvid, and Bad Robot Games.

Here's the Silent Hill: Ascension trailer showing off the new game's characters. It hints that like other entries, the people we'll follow are suffering from some sort of guilt due to their actions. While these protagonists are new, it does look like some monsters reminiscent of past ones appear. For example, it looks like Silent Hill 3's Insane Cancer might be back.

Genvid also shared an announcement going over what to expect. While traditionally Silent Hill games take place in the town itself, the latest reveal says this new series features people "from locations around the world" and notes "entire towns" can fall victim to these sorts of happenings. It also notes there will be detailed characters and monsters. The latest update also said that the "live community" can help determine what happens to the characters.

Silent Hill: Ascension will appear in 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 30, 2023 8:30 AM

Street fighter 6

Street Fighter 6 is a fighting game for everyone. With control schemes that will let you do cool things simply by mashing the buttons, a sprawling single player mode, and a character creation system that allows you to cobble together whatever moveset you like, it feels like something designed to give you whatever you want out of a fighting game. Not that it's leaving competitive players in the lurch, as its Drive Gauge system gives you plenty of tools to create wild combos from round start, an escape route from pressure, and an armored strike. Marry all this with a fantastic roster of new and old characters, and you have an exquisite fighting game.

Whether this is your first game or if you've been around since Street Fighter II, there are a few control schemes you can make use of to choose how you will be inputting your attacks and combos. Classic Control Type has the complex directional button inputs that long-time players will find instantly familiar. Quarter circle forward and punch to pull off Ryu's Hadouken, for example. Many of these inputs can be challenging when you're new at them, but since your special moves are tied to these inputs, that frees up more buttons for you to use light, medium, and heavy punches and kicks, as well as your Drive Impact and Drive Parry commands.

Being able to input complex motions can be difficult for some, especially when someone is punching you in the face. To make things a bit easier, Street Fighter 6 offers Modern Control Type. This features ties some special moves to a button, allowing you to use a fighter's flashier moves by pressing one button or a direction and a button or execute its Super Arts with a direction and two buttons. (Like how DNF Duel can work with its special moves.) For the Hadouken, you just hit Triangle on the default PS5 controller. It also simplifies your basic attacks, only offering single light, medium, and heavy attacks each tied to one face button. As to whether that's a punch or a kick, it depends on the character. Overall, it simplifies inputs and cuts down on the available choices to streamline the process of choosing what move to use, while making it easier to do your fancier attacks.

This makes for an interesting trade-off. The player using Modern Control Type loses access to the bigger variety of moves that come with Classic, but can pull off special moves with greater ease (and reliability, depending on skill level). Classic players have to do more complex inputs, but can play around with range and timing more effectively as they have more unique strikes than Modern players do. Modern players might find themselves having difficulty pulling over some more complex combos as well as they don't have all those strikes to use as links, but they gain the ability to use assisted combos by holding R2 and hitting a button multiple times. They're simpler combos for sure, but they still let the player do some multi-hitting strikes with vastly simpler inputs.

There's a third input style in Street Fighter 6: Dynamic Control Type. This one reads your situation and tries to choose solid moves based on your distance and the moment. This can result in a combo that leads right into your super, all from just hitting buttons. You can mash away, and the game will just do cool stuff that can be very effective. It doesn't matter which button you're hitting. The trouble is that it can be hard to know what the heck your character is going to do, so planning goes out the window. You can bet it will be something useful that looks cool, though.

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Between these three styles, I feel like just about anybody can pick up the game and have some fun with it. Classic gives you a huge arsenal of things you can do, letting you put together some devious combos and setups, since you have so much to choose from. You just risk messing up the movements. Modern eases up the input challenges to let players use special moves without trouble, but reduces your available kit of strikes, reducing what you're capable of. Still, if you're having trouble with complex inputs, this takes them off the table. If you just want to smash buttons and see awesome stuff happen, you have Dynamic. Suddenly, your smaller siblings can be a real menace instead of easy pickings.

These style choices alone open Street Fighter 6 up to a much wider audience. I won't lie: for many years, I was one of those people who didn't play fighting games because of how hard the inputs were. I really wanted to love Street Fighter IV, but getting those inputs to work on a 360 controller D-Pad was making me furious. I didn't see any point in trying to get good at these games, because I just couldn't get the characters to do what I wanted them to. I'd had similar problems years before that when I was far younger as I'd just panic and jam on the buttons when the opponent came after me back when I was playing Street Fighter II as a kid. I loved the characters and the idea of the genre ever since the original, but the inputs were just too much for me for a variety of reasons.

These control styles eliminate all of the challenges I've faced with fighting games over the years. It's a little late as I finally embraced the nuances of complex inputs a few years ago thanks to some training with a friend (and because Guilty Gear Strive is a stunning fighter), but for people going through the various challenges I faced, these tools open up so much opportunity. I could have been playing fighting games for twenty or thirty more years if these Control Types had been there to let me do fantastic moves by mashing as a kid, or by simplifying those inputs on a frustrating controller years ago. Now, I can see them allowing whole swaths of new people to enjoy this franchise and fighting games in general.

Lots of people are going to want to play this game because the roster is fantastic, too. Ryu, Guile, Chun-Li, and several other classic fighters make their returns, and all with movesets that feel instantly familiar and super satisfying to put into action. What's really impressive is that the new cast members feel like they're just as fun and interesting. I've tried playing many fighters that introduce a lot of new characters before, but I lose interest quickly. Maybe it sounds like I want the same old thing, but I come to a lot of these games because I like the fighters I've been seeing over the years. I usually bounce off the new kids.

Street Fighter 6 adds some incredible new characters, though. Manon mixes up ballet dancing and judo, combining flowing kicks and some beautiful, but painful, throws. Those throws increase in damage and complexity as she lands them, making her ever-more threatening as the matches progress. Marisa is a massive practitioner of pankration, and she uses long reach and some armored attacks (which require multiple hits to knock her out of) to just steamroll through whatever your opponent is doing. JP is a ferocious zoner that uses Psycho Power to create traps, launch energy blasts that hit high/mid/low (and also grab), and teleport around. Lily has high mobility that will send her flying toward the opponent in moments, but also some vicious throws that make her even deadlier up close. I tried them all and just don't know who to pick.

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The visual designs look great as well (mostly). Shirtless, beaded Ryu exudes this sense of confidence and calmness. However, that serenity fades when he hits you with some of his Super Arts, his face twisted with exertion and a near-rage. I initially was hesitant about Ken's shabby look, but watching him go wild with his fiery kicks looks so good. (Plus the banana hair from Street Fighter V is gone.) Marisa has this grinning confidence as she performs all of her moves that makes them feel all the more satisfying to use. JP has a similar feel with his hand behind his back and the way he lashes out with his cane. I'm not a big fan of overalls on Blanka and Manon's oddball outfit, but for the latter, it feels so good to watch her mix ballet and brutal throws that I just don't care.

Street Fighter 6 sounds great with every hit, too. The characters roar and shout with such force that you really feel the power, confidence, disdain, and enjoyment going into each attack. I stuck with the Japanese voices for my playthroughs, and they're just so well done that they add a ton of enjoyment to everything I did. Combining them with the heavy slams and crashes of combat in general and you really believed in the weight and impact of the combat. You can feel the exertion going into these fights, and it makes all your moves feel really good to use. There's a twinge on pleasure in even the most basic of movements just from the sound design alone. Well, that and because they already look good, too.

If you can't decide which of the characters you like, Street Fighter 6 lets you "combine" them. The game features an open-world mode called World Tour, during which you will make your own character. This allows you to use a character creator to make the usual monstrosities and neat warriors, then take them on a journey to gain strength and train under the various main playable characters of the game. With this training, you can start customizing your moveset. If you like Manon's throws and Marisa's armored strikes, you can equip individual moves into various slots for the character. You can't double up on two that use the same input, but you can really make some wild creations that pull from multiple fighters.

Best of all, Street Fighter 6 gives you a specific mode in the Battle Hub, where players can use these creations to fight online against ones others made. As you'd expect, these fights can be fairly silly. The game factors in the arm and leg length you chose in character creation when it dictates your ranges, so you can have some downright ridiculous striking distances. Where anyone can have just about any move, you spend a lot of the match just figuring out what will happen and finding yourself surprised, too. The fights are absurd and unbalanced, but since anything can happen, they're a ton of fun, too.

World Tour itself also has its own experience and equipment systems, playing more like an RPG where you explore Metro City and the world beyond with your created character (which I talked a bit about before). You're free to fight almost anyone on the street as you wander, steadily growing money and power as you work through a neat storyline that, as I said, connects you with much of the cast. This strength not only helps you progress in this mode, but your bonuses, levels, and equipment can be used in those specific character creation Battle Hub matches as well. This tends to make things wildly unbalanced, but as a mode just for fun, it's a blast.

World Tour isn't without some issues, though. They're minor ones, but they can still get annoying. Some of the damage dealt feels fairly unbalanced, with certain foes cleaning out your life bar despite being a similar level as you are. Also, since you can fight more than one opponent at a time, the game does have some trouble figuring out who you want to attack, so some of your inputs might not work if you switch foes or the direction you're facing. There are healing items and other tools to mitigate these issues, but these issues can create some frustrations while you're playing through World Tour. Again, this is a small irritation that really didn't take away much of my enjoyment, but it did get on my nerves a few times whenever I played.

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I'm not saying that the World Tour is only good in how it gives you a character for the online Battle Hub in Street Fighter 6, though. As much as I'm here to fight live opponents, the character connections in World Tour are quite entertaining. The story is fun too, don't get me wrong, but having small chats with the various main characters helped flesh them out. It also made me build a connection with Chun Li, Marisa, and Dee Jay as I learned their skills, spoke with them, and brought them little gifts. You get to see other sides of these people that you don't get to experience in the fighting matches, and it was just really pleasant to get to know them all. There's all these silly, touching, and fun moments with the characters that made me like them even more.

Meeting the characters and talking with them is honestly what helped me experiment with them more. Once you start to like them, you can't help but want to play with them. Thankfully, Street Fighter 6 offers some fantastic character guides to help you get started with everyone. With most games, I've done this by turning on a move list and practicing. You CAN do that here, but the character guides actually walk you through all of the moves, their applications, and even some more 'advanced' basics that will show you what their full game plan is, as well as how to get some of their simple combos together. These give you a really good starting point with the character without even having to leave the game. They're a godsend when you're completely new with someone and are not sure what to do with their capabilities.

The best way to really get to know the character is to then take those new skills online. Street Fighter 6 was running well during the Beta, and online matches throughout the review period were smooth, too. I didn't experience any problems with slowdowns or disconnects while playing, and just found things worked really well. Being able to sit at an arcade seat to wait for an opponent in Battle Hub was a nice way of meeting up with fighters, too, while being able to practice until someone sat down with you.

You don't have to sit and wait in Battle Hub, though. You're free to open yourself up to Casual or Ranked matches and just have people enter fights while you walk around a vibrant arena filled with screens highlighting matches, players battle one another, and created characters duking it out on the floor. This mode does a fun job of capturing an arcade/tournament feel (or as good as you can get as a digital facsimile), letting you enjoy seeing what's going on in a small slice of a Street Fighter community before a challenger pops in and you're brought into a fight.

I have a few more compliments for this system. Rematches start in seconds, letting you get round after round in without much downtime. I loved being able to get right back at it. I also loved being able to meander while waiting for a match. The Battle Hub even has older Street Fighter games you can play while you're there, making it a fun space to wander while you're playing or waiting to play. It's just really well designed as a hub for being between matches, and gets you caught up in a sense of the bigger community around it all.

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This is a silly thing to like, but I can't help but bring it up. Street Fighter 6 lets you make faces with your character before a match starts. You have a choice of four different ones, but the character go through a little facial change from neutral to frowning, roaring, smiling, blowing out their cheeks, etc. You can tap the directional buttons to make these faces, but by doing it at different speeds, you can make them look like they're laughing or doing some really goofy things and gestures. The online players I ran into all seemed to be acting as silly as possible with the faces (which I initially felt would be a throwaway element), and I just got caught up in it. Making faces created this sense of fun and connection at the start of the fight, and ended up being a fantastic way to say hello to the opponent. It's such a small thing, but shows the playfulness and care Capcom put into the title.

You can see that playfulness in Fighting Ground, too. You get your usual local matches, arcade mode, online, and other s, but you also have Extreme Battle. These matches make you fight for who can get more knockdowns, who can dodge a bull while still laying beatdowns, and more. It's another playful mode built around adding goofy elements to fights, demonstrating that Capcom was willing to put just about anything into the game if they thought it would add some fun. Playing these matches feels less like serious competition, but getting some buddies together to fight around explosives (with Dynamic Control Type to ensure cool moves are happening) is a laugh riot.

When things get serious, though, there is the Drive Gauge system that fuels it all. You start with six bars at the beginning of every match in Street Fighter 6, which you are free to spend whenever you like. Want to jump right into using an Overdrive version of a move (an enhanced version of one of your Special Moves, basically) at round start? You can. Drive Rush to slam someone with an armored attack out of the gate? Maybe they won't expect it. The benefit of this system is that wild things are possible right from the beginning of the match rather than near the middle or end, adding some exciting moments all throughout.

The Drive Gauge also fuels many of your Drive abilities. Drive Impact lets you do a colorful, armored strike against you opponent to blow them back or knock them down. It's great for just powering through someone's special attacks or normal strikes, surprising them and giving you a moment to slap them around. If you see your foe doing this, you can hit the buttons and launch your own Drive Impact, which stops their Drive Impact and lets you hammer them instead. This tends to open them right up for a Super Art, so if you can time these right, you're going to have a good time.

Street Fighter 6 also has a Drive Parry, which lets you block and counter incoming attacks. You can hold the button to do so, making it easier to pull off (but it costs more Drive Gauge to do so), or you can try for the perfect parry by timing it exactly right. This lets you inflict a little pain back on your foes, making it a great tool to use (plus it's often faster than trying to counter with your own Drive Impact, and works in more instances, I feel).

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Getting stomped? If you're blocking, you can execute a Drive Reversal to smack an attacking opponent back and get a bit of breathing room. It's not much, but it can at least break their pressure for a moment so you can get your head together. If you're the one exerting pressure and want to continue it, though, you can double tap forward during certain moves (like cancellable normal strikes) to rush ahead and continue your assault.

However, if you spend all of your Drive Gauge on these various moves or see it drained from blocking, you'll enter Burnout in Street Fighter 6. Bad place to be. Normally, you Drive Gauge takes small chips of damage instead of your health while you have some bars. Once it's drained, your health starts to take little bits of damage while blocking. You lose access to all the Drive powers as well, and if you take a Drive Impact while you're in the corner, you'll be stunned for a few seconds. You're wide open and defenseless in this state, so expect a vicious beating if that happens. The Drive Gauge does refill over time as you land hits and avoid getting smacked, but does so much more slowly once you hit Burnout.

As the Drive Gauge fuels so many special abilities, you're going to want to use it. Use too much and take too many hits, though, and you'll be in a dangerous Burnout state. So, do you go all out and risk it anyway if you can keep up pressure? Save it for specific openings? It adds a lot of extra layers to each match, and the potential for some surprise upsets and turnarounds depending on how you use it. It's a fantastic, flexible system that keeps things exciting throughout the match in ways that layer on top of the already-compelling ebb and flow of basic character attacks.

There's a control type for everyone. There's a character for everyone. Modes that are serious and silly. Characters you can build yourself and then take online to horrify and delight. Hubs to meet the community and share in the spectacle of a fight. Practice tools to really help you learn characters. The ability to just make funny faces at people. A complex system that adds further complexity to the already-intriguing movesets of the game's many characters. Street Fighter 6 is playful, but still filled with depth for skilled fighters or those who just want to enjoy fighting games on their own terms. It's a wealth of content for just about anyone with an interest in the genre.

Most of all, it's the game I wish I had thirty years ago – the one that would have welcomed me to the genre when so much about it was scaring me off. I'm so happy that this is what people get to experience in this genre now, and am looking forward to meeting the new people this inclusive title will bring to fighting games.

Street Fighter 6 will be available on June 2, 2023 on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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