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Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 6:00 PM

Earlier this week, Twitch set the streaming world ablaze with new guidelines that heavily impacted how streamers could monetize their channels. The rules dictated things like how much space logos could take up on the screen, and whether or not these sponsorships could be permanently displayed on the screen at all. The…


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:48 PM

In Grace Van Dien's first online appearance since her signing with gaming influencer crew FaZe Clan ignited a whirlwind of drama and misogyny, the Stranger Things actor turned Twitch streamer sat down with Call of Duty content maker Ashtronova to discuss toxicity in gaming. The conversation appears to be the first…


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:10 PM

GameStop has terminated CEO Matt Furlong and announced that meme stock investor and SuperStonk cult-hero, Ryan Cohen, will take over as Executive Chairman. The famous brick-and-mortar gaming retailer's stock price proceeded to drop over 15 percent in after-hours trading.


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:55 PM

I don't think I'm alone in wanting a Mario Maker-like game focused on another Nintendo property, specifically The Legend of Zelda. Sadly, a theoretical "Zelda Maker" is probably never going to happen. But a newly announced game, Quest Master, seems to be the next best thing by letting you and your friends build the…


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:55 PM

After years of silence on the game, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has finally revealed a few new screenshots to hint at its ongoing development. At the same time, the company has offered refunds to anyone who pre-ordered the sequel, people who in some cases have been waiting…


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:20 PM

With E3 out of the picture this year, Summer Game Fest and all its satellite shows have the stage for video gamings' annual summer showcase. Since all the presentations happening this week aren't all in the same place, it might be hard to keep track of where to tune in. That's what we're here to help with. Here's a…


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:01 PM

The saga of the Starfield Xbox controller has been going on for months, but we now have our best confirmation yet that the sleek retro-sci-fi-styled gamepad is potentially real and coming this summer. It might just be my favorite-looking Xbox Series X/S controller yet.


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 2:10 PM

Cyberpunk 2077 launched as a broken game. But as someone who was going through the early work of gender transition during a world-stopping pandemic at the time, it somehow made sense that the big-budget, mega-popular video game everyone was so hyped about was also falling the fuck apart.


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:15 PM

Last year's retro-inspired arcade co-op brawler, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, was unexpectedly one of 2022's best games. It was also one of the best TMNT games in years and a genuine hit. So it makes sense that Tribute Games, the developers behind Shredder's Revenge, are planning to add more…


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:14 PM

Iron Sheik, an iconic WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, has passed away at the age of 81.


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:10 PM

Doug Cockle, the man who provides Geralt of Rivia's distinctive voice for CD Projekt Red's Witcher games (not to mention staunch trans ally), has recently shared that he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Fans and developers of the games have since come together to show their support in the wake of this upsetting…


Kotaku Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:06 PM

How far tubby honey bear Winnie-the-Pooh has fallen. Now that he's entered the public domain, he can no longer merely stumble through the painless Hundred Acre Wood stuffing his face full of dessert with no pants on. Now, he plays the swollen and bleeding protagonist to the just-announced indie horror game Winnie's


PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:25 PM
     Is Diablo 4 down? Current server status

Are the Diablo 4 servers down? The latest iteration of Blizzard's critically acclaimed dungeon crawler is always online, which can often cause its own set of problems. Between unreliable internet connections, scheduled maintenance, and malicious attacks, it can be tough to troubleshoot exactly what's keeping you from logging in. With our help, you should be back in Sanctuary and tearing through demons in no time.

Blizzard has confirmed that a Diablo 4 offline mode won't be arriving in the ARPG any time soon – if ever. Consequently, knowing how to check the Diablo 4 server status is of vital importance if you ever find yourself unable to log in, and we recommend keeping our list of Diablo 4 error codes on hand for some quick troubleshooting whenever connectivity issues strike. Here are your next steps when Diablo 4 is down.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:01 PM
     Disney Dreamlight Valley's favorite robot is getting a dapper upgrade

One of my favorite things about playing Disney Dreamlight Valley is the sheer amount of customization options the simulation game presents me with. If I want to have a bunch of pumpkin-themed furniture strewn around my Valley, I can. I love that Dreamlight Valley lets us express ourselves as individuals, and I also appreciate how that extends to other characters in-game, too. With all of the various upgrade options for other residents in the Valley, this new dapper WALL-E we can get is long overdue and downright adorable.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Disney games, What's the next Dreamlight Valley update?, Disney Dreamlight Valley guide

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:18 PM
     Farming Simulator is getting PvP, this is no joke

If you clicked on this article to see if Farming Simulator 22 truly is receiving PvP modes, you will be delighted to learn that it is indeed no joke. Two new tournament-inspired competitive modes are coming to the farming game, meaning that we can go head-to-head against one another while the cows and pigs graze nearby. If you thought that Farming Simulator 22 was done receiving content, you were sorely mistaken as these new PvP modes are sure to breathe new life into the usually stress-free game.

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 3:50 PM
     Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 release date

When is the Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 release date? The newest season of the popular battle royale shooter is nearly upon us, and Epic Games has teased the new theme: Wilds. It's a return to a similar theme from way back in Chapter 2, but one that saw the introduction of several cool new mechanics and perhaps one or two we'd rather forget.

So there are several big questions when the Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 release date finally rolls around: how will the Fortnite map change? What new Fortnite weapons will shake up the metagame, and just where the battle royale game is heading in its near future? While we don't have all the answers to those questions, we've dug up as much information as we can find and will now share our findings.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Fortnite Chapter 4 map - key locations, Free PC games, All Fortnite Chapter 4 weapons

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:52 PM
     This GTA 5 Steam sale offers a five-star steal

Rockstar's renowned open-world gameGrand Theft Auto 5, has just hit a seriously low price during a Steam sale. With the game coming in on its own at half off and joining additional content in discounted bundles, there is no better time to jump into Grand Theft Auto 5 than now if you have yet to experience the glory of committing crimes without any consequences. The fifth instalment in Rockstar's iconic series offers hundreds (dare I say, even thousands) of thrilling gameplay hours, making it well worth a look.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best GTA 5 RP servers, GTA 6 release date speculation, GTA 5 system requirements

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:41 PM
     Diablo 4 ending explained and what's next

What happens during the Diablo 4 ending? We've got you covered, so strap right in for a spoiler-heavy breakdown. Our Diablo 4 ending guide details what transpired during the closing moments of the game, the epilogue, and additional speculation as to where the story will lead to.

If you're still deciding which of the Diablo 4 classes to choose for your playthrough, we've got you covered. If you're interested in our thoughts and feelings (of which there are many!) on Diablo 4, why not check out our review? Needless to say, do not read on unless you've finished the main Diablo 4 campaign or don't care about having it spoiled. Now, let's discuss the Diablo 4 ending and what could happen next.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:29 PM
     Counter-Strike 2 refunds end a lifetime of misclicks

I won't be the best Counter-Strike 2 player, I'll freely admit it. My natural aiming and movement skills are much better suited to some of the other top FPS games out there than the tactical angles and snap headshots that Counter-Strike 2, much like its previous entries, will demand of me. However, Valve has just saved me from one of the easiest mistakes to make with the introduction of refunds for Counter-Strike 2.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games, Counter-Strike 2 release date, Best multiplayer games

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:17 PM
     Honkai Star Rail tier list – best characters June 2023

Who is on the Honkai Star Rail tier list? Judging the best Star Rail characters is tricky. Not only is your roster subject to the whims of Hoyoverse's infamous gacha mechanics, each character's abilities are so varied that it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Lucky for you, we've put each character through their paces to provide you with the definitive Honkai Star Rail tier list.

When choosing the best Honkai Star Rail characters for our tier list, we've taken great care to evaluate how each character excels in a variety of situations, including battling through story quests, boss challenges, and game modes. Of course, with more Honkai Star Rail banners on the horizon, you might want to check out the latest Honkai Star Rail codes to net some free Warps while you're here. That said, here are our expert tier list rankings for the best Honkai Star Rail characters in the free PC game right now.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Honkai Star Rail review, Honkai Star Rail codes, Honkai Star Rail tier list

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:14 PM
     League of Legends has its own Coca-Cola flavor, get it now

League of Legends is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable multiplayer games right now. From its diverse cast of champions to choose from to its community involvement, it comes as no surprise that League of Legends often teams up with other big brand names to produce unique content or merchandise. This time, Riot's hit game is collaborating with everyone's favorite soda brand, Coca-Cola, for a limited edition flavor. Not only can you sip the mystery League-inspired drink while it lasts, but you can also use it for some cool rewards.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: How much have I spent on League of Legends?, League of Legends patch 13.11, League of Legends tier list

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:35 PM
     WoW patch 10.1.5 will fix one of Dragonflight's big issues

The introduction of World of Wacraft Dragonflight saw a whole slew of changes to the MMORPG's UI. While the new grid-based system made it much easier to lock your hotbars into the perfect position, the choice to grayscale the micro menu (the one in the bottom right) didn't prove particularly popular. Blizzard has heard the feedback, though, and is adding a splash of color in WoW patch 10.1.5.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: WoW Dragonflight tier list, The best WoW addons, WoW Dragonflight review

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:28 PM
     How to save the prisoner in Amnesia The Bunker

How do you save the prisoner in Amnesia The Bunker? While you can't actually recruit the German prisoner to your cause, you do need to access his cell in order to retrieve the bolt cutters. However, saving him necessitates both preparation and speed, and it's easy to accidentally get him killed if you don't know what you're doing. We're here to help you take all the right steps to save him.

As you might expect, the German prisoner can be found in the prison area of the Amnesia The Bunker map. You'll likely hear the prisoner before you see him – not only is he locked in his cell, he's also tied to a chair with a bag on his head. Here's how to save the prisoner and snag yourself a rare achievement in Amnesia The Bunker.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best horror games, Amnesia The Bunker preview, Amnesia The Bunker release date

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:28 PM
     Diablo 4 Ancestral items explained

What are Diablo 4 Ancestral items? The long and short of it is that these coveted variants of the loot you find out in Sanctuary and its many dungeons. They do come with buffs featuring higher-than-normal stat rolls and potent item powers, more than any gear you've seen before.

In many ways, the Diablo 4 Ancestral items are almost the same as the Diablo 4 Sacred items, except they require you to enter a more difficult Diablo 4 World Tier to obtain them. You'll need to master your chosen pick of the Diablo 4 classes and have the very best endgame Diablo 4 builds if you want to stand a chance at getting the very best gear possible.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:22 PM
     Try Genshin Impact's new recurring TCG event to win Primogems monthly

This new Genshin Impact Genius Invocation TCG challenge, titled Arena of Champions, will allow you to earn Primogems for competing in competitive duels against other players in the community. This Genshin Impact event will return monthly, giving you a chance to improve your skills and get more wins than in the previous session if you decide to participate each time. This is just one of Genshin Impact's many new TCG-related competitions that HoYoverse has started up in the anime game's 3.7 update.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:18 PM
     Meta Quest 3 release date window, price, and specs

What is the Meta Quest 3 release date? The Meta Quest 3 has finally been revealed, but there are still some mysteries surrounding the device. All the same, you'll find everything we know so far about the upcoming VR headset, including its release date window, price, and specs.

The Meta Quest 3 is hoping to bring home the gold in the race for the title of best VR headset, carrying forward the momentum and popularity generated by its predecessor. Whether lightning can strike twice on this occasion remains to be seen, but there's already a lot to be excited about with this device.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best VR games, Meta Quest 3 release date, Best VR headset

PCGamesN Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:48 PM
     RimWorld gets a taste of the Middle Ages in Norland

Norland is a unique simulation game in which you run your very own medieval kingdom—class conflicts, crime, treachery, and all. You have to deal with every wonderful aspect of living in the Middle Ages, from slave revolts to secret murders. Norland mirrors RimWorld in many ways, as it contains elements of serious strategy gameplay and unforgiving city builder mechanics. The game is set to be developer and publisher Long Jaunt's first title, and I personally cannot wait to control my own little noble family after seeing Norland's gameplay overview.

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:59 PM

We rarely cover power supplies when it comes to RPS deals, and when we do they're almost always massive 800 to 1000W units that are suitable for top-end systems - but not exactly what the average PC gamer needs in their rig. Today we're righting that (minor) wrong, as we feature a 550W power supply slapped with a healthy $45 Amazon discount - bringing it down to $60.

The PSU in question is the Cooler Master V550 Gold V2, an 80+ Gold rated unit with a semi-modular design that comes in a fetching white colourway. It's well-rated by reviewers and suitable for mid-range systems, and thanks to this limited time deal it's way cheaper than anything else similar on the market!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, June 7, 2023 2:11 PM

Last time, you decided that an enemy which can't see you but can sense you is better than one which only moves when you're not looking. I concede that the former opens so many possibilities in games but god, I hate the latter in a way I enjoyi so much. Perfect terrible beings. But, science has decided and we must move on. This week, I ask you to pick between two forms of movement. What's better: glowing wings, or slipstreaming?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, June 7, 2023 2:00 PM

The Guerrilla Collective online showcase has blessed us with some fun announcements and reveals tonight, one being that August 4th will bring us the release of Super Space Club, a self-described "lo-fi arcade space shooter". Coming from Jamaican solo dev GrahamOfLegend, Super Space Club does indeed look to be delivering a retro space bullet hell kind of deal that reminds me of the summer holiday I spent playing Geometry Wars with my pals, but with a really cool chill soundtrack bringing the heartrate down a little. More importantly, the cold vastness of space is in this case a number of bright colours that make me think of the universe as a big Slush Puppie that I just want to shlorp up.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:52 PM

After three-and-a-bit years in early access, the striking Junji Ito-inspired spook 'em up World Of Horror is committing to a release date for the full game: the 19th of October. This is technically a delay from the previously planned summer launch, but I'm pretty sure it's illegal to launch a horror game in summer anyway. This is also when it will launch on consoles.

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Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 7:00 PM

Build Divide Bright Nier automata

Aniplex revealed the card art for its NieR Automata Ver1.1a booster pack in Build Divide Bright TCG. The pack will come out on September 15, 2023. You'll be able to get cards of 2B, 9S, Lily, and A2. The booster pack will also come with signatures of the anime cast. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

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In particular, 2B and 9S will have alternate versions of their cards. These designs will show them without their visors, allowing you to see their eyes. As for the cast signatures, you'll be able to get the ones from:

  • 2B: Yui Ishikawa
  • 9S: Natsuki Hanae
  • A2: Ayaka Suwa
  • Devola/Popola: Ryoko Shiraishi
  • Lily: Atsumi Tanezaki
  • Pascal: Yuki Aoi

Each booster pack costs 330 JPY, and will contain 7 cards. In total, the NieR Automata Ver1.1 booster pack series has 88 cards. Aniplex will likely release more information on what cards you'll be able to get closer to the launch date.

Aniplex first announced Build Divide in 2021 as a multimedia project. Aside from a TCG, it will also be an original anime. Build Divide Bright is an alternate format of Build Divide that focuses on booster packs from various anime series. Other intellectual properties that Build Divide released collaboration booster packs for in the past include Lycoris Recoil, Bocchi the Rock, and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

The NieR Automata Ver1.1a booster packs for Build Divide will start appearing in Japan from September 15, 2023.

The post Build Divide Bright Will Get NieR Automata Booster Pack appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 6:30 PM

Hideo Kojima Documentary Trailer

Kojima Productions released a trailer for the upcoming Hideo Kojima documentary. Hideo Kojima – Connecting Worlds focuses on Kojima's work as he makes the transition to opening an independent studio. While the documentary previously ended up being revealed to be part of the Tribeca Festival lineup, this is the first full trailer.


The trailer shows off snippets of behind-the-scenes footage at Kojima Productions during the development of Death Stranding. We see Kojima discussing aspects of the game with his team, and even a snippet of the game crashing on him during playtesting.

This footage appears alongside interviews with various people from the world of film and TV discussing Kojima's work. His Death Stranding collaborators Norman Reedus, Guillermo del Toro, and Nicolas Winding Refn all appear, alongside Mad Max director George Miller. The documentary will also feature interviews with musicians Grimes and Chvrches, along with music video director Woodkid.

The Hideo Kojima documentary is set to premiere at Tribeca Festival on June 17, 2023. There will also be a Q&A with Kojima after the premiere. It will be one of several video game events at the 2023 festival, including a talk about The Expanse: A Telltale Series. Other games making an appearance at the show include Stray Gods and Goodbye Volcano High.

Hideo Kojima – Connecting Worlds will debut at the Tribeca Festival on June 17, 2023.

The post Hideo Kojima Documentary Trailer Released appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 6:00 PM

Octopath Traveler Million Sales

Octopath Traveler 2 sales passed over a million units, according to Square Enix. The news was announced on the official Twitter account. The tweet featured a commemorative illustration by artist Tatsuaki Urushihara featuring the characters Throne, Ochette, and Osvald.


The million sales figure takes into account both physical and digital sales across all platforms worldwide. The Octopath Traveler 2 sales a little slower than the first game's, which reached the million sales mark after about a month. Octopath Traveler 2 sold the same amount in just over three months. By contrast, the mobile spin-off Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent reached 3 million downloads within two days upon its initial release in Japan. However, Square Enix appeared to be pleased with Octopath Traveler 2's sales figures based on the tweet.

Octopath Traveler 2 released in February 2023. It released to rave reviews, with most reviewers praising it as an improvement over its predecessor. It is the direct sequel to 2018's Octopath Traveler, the first of many games in Square Enix's HD-2D style. Since the release of Octopath Traveler, other games to use the style have included Triangle Strategy and the remake of Live a Live. An upcoming remake of Dragon Quest III will also be using the visual style.

Octopath Traveler 2 is out now for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5 and PC.

The post Octopath Traveler 2 Reaches One Million in Sales appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:30 PM

Fire Emblem Heroes Book 8

Nintendo dropped announced Ascended Fir and Heidr will join Fire Emblem Heroes as playable characters on the new banner. That will appear on June 8, 2023. There are also two new trailers, with one showcasing new characters and the other showing a glimpse of the upcoming story in the second half of Book 8. These additions come as part of the games Update 7.6.0.

First, here's the trailer showcasing the upcoming Forging Bonds: Strength in Service Fire Emblem Heroes banner. The showpiece of this banner is a playable version of Heidr, who is a green tome-wielding Mythic character. Also available are Ascended Fir, the a sword-wielding infantry unit, Noah the blue lance Cavalry unit, and Dorothy the infantry archer. While the latter three hail from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Heidr is a character original to Fire Emblem Heroes.


The Story trailer features spoilers, so beware. It involves the goddess Heidr and the Curse of the Golden Seer. Gullveig, the antagonist of this book is featured prominently too. Also appearing are the King Njordr, the goddess Nerbuz, and Kvasir. The trailer will also serve as the mid-book movie for Book 8, and you can watch it below:


In May 2023, a Legendary version of Hinoka become available to summoners in Fire Emblem Heroes, . It also marked the arrival of a banner featuring bridal versions of Tiki and Anna.

Fire Emblem Heroes is immediately available on mobile devices, with the Forging Bonds banner and Book 8 Chapter 4: Ouroboros scheduled to go live on June 8, 2023

The post Fire Emblem Heroes Banner Adds Mythic Heidr appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:00 PM

Tales of Crestoria manga volume 2

Volume 2 of the manga adaptation of Tales of Crestoria will be distributed and sold at the Tales of Festival 2023, held in Japan on June 10-11, 2023. An A4 size clear filer folder will be offered as a purchase bonus. Alongside the announcement, the official Tales of Twitter account also shared a sample image of the next volume.

Tales of Crestoria shut down in February 2022. The manga adaptation picks up where the story of the original mobile game ended, and it is expected to conclude the narrative that the game started. The first volume of the manga adaptation released back in January 2023.

You can take a look at the new key illustration for volume 2 of the Tales of Crestoria manga in the Tweet below. It features Kanata, Misella, and Vicious.


Tales of Crestoria was a new mobile entry in the Tales of series, featuring a cast of new characters, alongside returning fan favorites. The manga adaptation is written by scenario writer Jun Kumagai and illustrated by Tsubaki Ayasugi.

Volume 2 of the Tales of Crestoria manga adaptation will appear on June 10-11, 2023 at the Tales of Festival 2023. Tales of Crestoria was available on Android and iOS devices. Service for the game ended in February 2022.

The post Tales of Crestoria Manga Volume 2 Will Appear at Tales of Festival 2023 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:30 PM

Final Fantasy XVI Teaser Shows Jill as Shiva

Leading up to Final Fantasy XVI's launch later this month, Square Enix is sharing character teasers. Each one offers a brief glimpse of an important person from this entry. The latest looks at one of the people who spent a lot of time in Rosaria. It shows off Jill Warwick, who grew up alongside Clive and Joshua in Final Fantasy XVI and is the Dominant of Shiva.

The Final Fantasy XVI video focuses on Jill as an adult, and it shows her first as Shiva summoning ice first. Then, we get to see her 2D, static art. After that, we see her during various battle scenes. Both in her human form and when channeling Shiva and her power, we see her wielding a rapier.

In Japanese, Megumi Han voices Jill. She's appeared. in the series before, as she played Gladio's little sister Iris in Final Fantasy XV. She's also Eunie in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Gon in Hunter x Hunter (and Jump Force), Takeru in Digimon Adventure, Ramlethal in Guilty Gear, and Kana in Oshi no Ko. In English, Susannah Fielding plays Jill.

Final Fantasy XVI will be available for the PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023. There is a six-month exclusivity period.

The post Final Fantasy XVI Teaser Shows Jill as Shiva appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:00 PM

Siren 20th anniversary

It's been twenty years since Japan Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment first dragged players into Hanuda. In commemoration, there will be two events this year to celebrate. "Siren in Namjatown Festival" will run from July 14, 2023 to September 3, 2023. The "Ikai-Iri Siren 20th Anniversary" event to celebrate the game will take place from August 3-5, 2023.

This will also be the first year that Sony officially involved itself in Ikai-Iri. Since its inception in 2019, Mitsuyoshi Shinoda, who portrays protagonist Kyoya Suda, has been the lead organizer.

He has posted a short announcement trailer for this year's Ikai-Iri on his official YouTube channel. You can watch it here:

Ikai-Iri is an unofficial anniversary event for Siren, mostly taking place on Wikipedia. It starts from the night of July 29 (the "official" start of the timeline when Miyata visits Irazu Valley Church) to the early hours of August 6 (the end of the whole Forbidden Siren affair). The cast of the game have also participated through livestreams as well. The term "Ikai-Iri" means "entering the other world" and in the game, it happens when the eponymous "siren" rings out through Hanuda.

Siren came out for the PS2 in 2003. It is a cult classic for its memorable and deep story, as well as for its frustrating difficulty. More information on the two Siren commemoration events will come out in the near future.

The post Siren 20th Anniversary Will Involve Two Events appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 3:30 PM

Stone Ocean Jolyne figure

MegaHouse announced a set of two new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean Look Up figures of Jolyne Cujoh and her Stand, Stone Free. The figure set costs 9,900 JPY (or roughly $71). The figure set is scheduled to release on January 2024, and they are now available for pre-order from the Premium Bandai online store in Japan. The figures will eventually appear worldwide, but pre-orders aren't live at the US storefront yet.

The unpainted prototypes for the new Look Up figures were originally revealed back in February 2023, . Additionally, the Premium Bandai store will include two mini-cushions with the names of each character as a bonus for the purchase of the figure set.

You can take a better look at the new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean Look Up figures of Jolyne Cujoh and Stone Free, alongside the Premium Bandai bonus cushions, in the gallery below.

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Other JoJo's Bizarre Adventure figures recently announced include a Crystal Edition figure of Jolyne Cujoh, and various prototypes for a new Jolyne figure, as well as a Father Enrico Puchi figure, and another one for his final Stand, Made in Heaven.

The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean Jolyne Cujoh and Stone Free Look Up figure set costs 9,900 (~$71). It is scheduled to release on January 2024. The set is available for pre-order from the Premium Bandai online store.

The post Stone Ocean Jolyne and Stone Free Look Up Figures Pre-Orders Open appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 3:00 PM

Amnesia: The Bunker Review

Fractional Games' Amnesia: The Bunker is terrifying. There's no two ways about it--it's downright frightening. That's just the way it should be. This is a game designed to scare you, and it does a great job of that. It wastes very little time getting you there too. You're taught everything you need to know right out of the gate, then thrown directly into the thick of things.

Following a short tutorial-slash-story-lead-in area, you wake up in the titular bunker. It's dark, it's quiet, and you just know that something's not right. A little looking around will net you a flashlight to help you see, a revolver with not a whole lot of bullets, and the knowledge of just what you need to do to get out. But you also encounter a man-killing beast that seems to have made its home in the bunker. It takes your friend, and chances are you're next. The setup for just what brand of horror this game is going to bring is very quick and plenty creepy.

What really gives Amnesia: The Bunker its sense of creepiness, however, is the ambience. The game is in first-person perspective, so you can only see what's directly in front of you. It's also very dark outside of the little bit of light provided by your dynamo flashlight—the noise from which attracts the beast—and the difficult-to-keep-active generator, further limiting your vision. Even the setting itself, a World War I bunker, helps to create a sense of claustrophobia.

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Then there's the audio, which is by and large where the game excels. There's little in the way of a soundtrack, which allows you to really focus on the noises both around you and coming from you. You'll hear machinery running, the beast moving and even breathing in the walls, and hungry rats feeding on bodies. Your footsteps echo down the hallways, charging the dynamo flashlight risks calling the beast to you, and even just moving objects around creates noise. Sometimes you'll accidentally step on a piece of wood or bump into a chair, and the sound of it will send your heart rate skyrocketing. At one point shortly after being left to my own devices, I remember hearing the beast snarl from very nearby. The sound of it, mixed with everything else going on around me, spooked me so bad that I immediately closed the game to catch my breath. It's just that well done. Sure, it's more or less the type of sound design you'd expect from a horror game, but there's definitely something to be said about really nailing down the basics and getting them really, really right. They're the basics for a reason, after all.

The gameplay is another element that doesn't try to do more than it has to. There are no fancy, over-the-top special mechanics, but there's no need for them because that's not the focus. You have controls for all your necessary functions, including a button dedicated to handling your flashlight and ways to peek around corners, and that's about it. You're given what you need and nothing more. Admittedly, though, I did find the controls to be a bit clunky and unwieldy. I get that they're supposed to make you feel immersed, and to an extent they do, but I don't know that I was ever able to open a door without a bit of a struggle. At times, they felt more frustrating than immersive.

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The story in Amnesia: The Bunker also leaves something to be desired. It's not particularly bad or anything, it just feels lacking. It's told almost entirely through things like notes and photos scattered around the bunker, and through them, you piece together how it got into its current state. Yes, it's a good and fitting way to tell the story here, but it could stand to be fleshed out a little more. It's not strictly necessary since the story is very much not a focal point, but given how much this game values immersion, having that extra depth would really help on that front.

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At its core, Amnesia: The Bunker is a game of trial and error. You will make mistakes, and you will be punished for doing so. But that's exactly the point, and it's part of what makes the game as good as it is. Rather than death itself, it's the anticipation of it that makes you scared. You know the beast is near, and you know it's coming, but you don't know exactly when. Inevitably, you'll make a mistake, which is when the fear really kicks in. You'll hear it. You'll feel it in your gut. But you use it as a learning experience. You change up your tactics, explore a little more, and use hope you do better on your next attempt. And all the while, you know that you are very much in danger.

Amnesia: The Bunker exists for one purpose and one purpose only: to terrify you. It isn't here to be groundbreaking, it isn't here to flip any scripts, it's just here to instill fear. And it does an incredible job of that. The stage is set from the second you're left to your own devices, and it only gets worse as you progress. It's the kind of game that makes you want to put on a pair of nice headphones and turn off the lights to immerse yourself, then make you regret that decision for all the right reasons. There's definitely room to improve on certain things, particularly when it comes to the story and controls, but it's a very solid game that any horror fan should play. If you're looking for something that'll scare you, you will absolutely find it here.

Amnesia: The Bunker is available for the PC.

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Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 2:30 PM

fate/grand order ordeal call

The Japanese server for Fate/Grand Order will start the second half of Arc 2, Ordeal Call. The prologue of it came out on June 7, 2023 after maintenance for those who have finished the Lostbelt chapters. The first chapter for Ordeal Call, Imaginary Numbers Compass Inner World: Paper Moon, will launch some time in mid-June 2023. [Thanks, KaroshiMyriad!]

In the new Ordeal Call screen, players can explore Bleached Earth and raise your powers as Chaldea's Master. Instead of using AP to complete Free Quests, you will use Storm Pods and collect Stellar Sand. With Stellar Sand, you can unlock Signs in the Class Score to level up the corresponding Class. Lore-wise, all of this is to prepare for the upcoming trials and tribulations of the proper Ordeal Call story.

Lasengle first started teasing Ordeal Call several months ago as the second half of Main Record 2. The description for the prologue implies that this might really be the final chapter of the story. It focuses on all of the crimes that humanity committed during the Lostbelt arc. Not only must Chaldea prove its innocence, but it must also fix all of the various twisted histories.

Fate/Grand Order is readily available on mobile devices. Ordeal Call is only on the Japanese version of Fate/Grand Order. While the Japanese server started Ordeal Call, the global server just got Lostbelt 6.

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Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 2:00 PM

Genshin Impact Collector's Chapter

HoYoVerse released a new trailer for Genshin Impact's upcoming Divine Ingenuity: Collector's Chapter event involving custom Domains. Narrated by the elusive Alice (Rachel Kimsey), mother of Klee, the trailer shows off how players can build their own Domains and fill them with monsters, traps and treasure. The event is scheduled to start on June 8, 2023.

To access the event, players must reach Adventurer Rank 20 and complete the Archon Quest Prologue: Act III "Song of the Dragon and Freedom." Players can take part in the event either by playing Preset Domains or building or playing through Custom Domains. There are five preset domains, with one unlocking each day for the first five days of the event. Completing the challenges within them will award you with Mora, Primogems, and various character enhancement materials like ores and skill books.

Custom Domains will allow you to create your own mini-dungeons by placing walls, traps and mechanisms down. The trailer shows examples of these being used to make tower-defence style gauntlets and platforming puzzles to solve while avoiding Hilichurl archers.

You can watch the trailer below:



The first event, Divine Ingenuity, ran in early 2022. Collector's Chapter follows on from that first event, but now can be found outside of Monstadt instead of Liyue. Other changes include a lowered Adventure Rank requirement  and the addition of co-op support. The most recent character to join the Genshin roster is Kirara, who can perform mulitple roles in a party and has easily available upgrade materials.

Genshin Impact is immediately available on PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices with the Divine Ingenuity: Collector's Chapter event scheduled to start on June 8, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:30 PM

Black Lagoon cafe header

The very first collaboration cafe with Black Lagoon will be available in "and Gallery" stores in Japan. It'll be available from June 9, 2023 to July 2, 2023. The key visual for "Cafe Roanapur" shows the main female characters from Black Lagoon, including Shenhua and Roberta. [Thanks, Denfaminicogamer!]

At Cafe Roanapur, you'll be able to eat meals based on Black Lagoon, as well as purchase limited goods. The merchandise feature chibi versions of the characters, all holding different food items. Aside from the main girls such as Revy and Balalaika, you can also get items of Sawyer, Hansel, and Gretel.

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The Black Lagoon cafe menu, with prices in JPY, is as follows:

  • Balalaika's Blini: 1,000 JPY
  • Eda's Wild Pizza: 1,000 JPY
  • Hansel & Gretel's Omucurry: 1,200 JPY
  • Revy's Red Hot Tantan Noodles: 1,200 JPY
  • Robert's Black Roll Cake: 1,000 JPY
  • Sawyer's Sawed-Up Sandwich: 1,200 JPY
  • Shenhua's Loaded Chuka-Don: 1,200 JPY

There are also various soda floats based on the above characters. For each drink, you will get a random coaster, as well as a placemat to take home. As for the goods, you can purchase:

  • Acrylic cube puzzle keyholder: 780 JPY each
  • Can badges (random): 550 JPY each
  • Clear card set: 1,100 JPY
  • Framed magnets: 660 JPY each
  • Mini acrylic stands (random): 880 JPY each
  • Mug: 2,500 JPY
  • Tumbler: 1,900 JPY

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Black Lagoon started serialization in 2002, and Madhouse released an anime adaptation for it in 2006. It focuses on Rokuro "Rock" Okajima, a Japanese businessman who joins the Lagoon Company after his boss essentially sells him out. The Lagoon Company delivers goods for the various criminal organizations in Roanapur. It combines gun action with philosophical debates on morality.

The Black Lagoon collaboration cafe will be available in "and Gallery" shops in Japan from June 9, 2023 to July 2, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:10 PM

World of Horror has a release date, and it will end up haunting the Switch, PC, PS4, and PS5 in October 2023.

The Guerrilla Collective involved a new reveal for Panstasz and Ysbryd Games' upcoming title. There's now a release date for the full World of Horror Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC launch. We'll be able to play the finished version of the lo-fi adventure on October 19, 2023. There's also a new trailer to remind people of how the horror game works.

First, here's the new World of Horror release date trailer. It shows how you'll investigate the town's supernatural and scary mysteries, while also keeping track of your character's wellbeing. You can also see different locations in the game and certain horrors you'll face.

World of Horror has been around for some time now. It first debuted in early access on PCs in 2020. At the time, only certain scenarios and elements were present. The full game is expected to have 12 different mysteries and seven total characters. (You will need to first unlock two of them to play as them, though.) Back in April 2023, a Switch version was confirmed for World of Horror was confirmed. We hadn't heard or seen much of it since then, however.

World of Horror will come to the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC on October 19, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:00 PM

Final Fantasy XVI Paws of Valisthea Event Heads to Australia

Square Enix announced a Final Fantasy XVI event for dogs called Paws of Valisthea. It will be held Darlinghurst, Australia. Attendees will be able to bring their dogs to Darlo Bar on June 17, 2023 as they play the game, see them in costumes connected to Eikons, or win prizes. Admission is free on Eventbrite. It will be held between 10am and 1pm AEST.

The page noted that dogs are optional for this Final Fantasy XVI event. It is also an adoption event, in case you don't have a pet, with the RSPCA NSW there. Dog treats will be offered, and people can take photos with the dogs. There also will be a contest to win the game and a PS5.

The event page also offered a look at some of the Final Fantasy XVI Eikon costumes for the dogs. From left to right, there are examples of dogs dressed as Shiva, Ifrit, and Phoenix. It is unknown if there could also end up being coats inspired by Bahamut, Garuda, Ramuh, Odin, and Titan.
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There's another event coming up for the game soon. In Los Angeles, California, there will be a pre-launch event on June 11, 2023. That will be streamed online as well from when it begins at 3pm PT/5pm ET/11pm CET.

Final Fantasy XVI will be available for the PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023. There is a six-month exclusivity period. The Final Fantasy XVI Paws of Valisthea event will be held in Darlinghurst, Australia from 10am-1pm local time on June 17, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:30 PM

Pokemon Scarlet Violet Chesnaught Iron Treads Great Tusk Tera Raids

Nintendo will re-run the Chesnaught, Great Tusk, and Iron Treads Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. They'll be available from June 16, 2023. They will then end on June 19, 2023. This will be one of the only chances for players to catch a Chesnaught in these two games. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

The Chesnaught raid will be a 7-star one, whereas Great Tusk and Iron Treads will be 5-star ones. Like over 7-star Tera Raids in the past, the Chesnaught will come with a Mightiest Mark. This particular Chesnaught will have a rock Tera Type.

In the past, when GameFreak initially ran these three Raids, a bug caused you to lose out on rewards and also crashed your game. This is why these three are re-running now.

Until Pokemon Home support for Scarlet and Violet appeared, Chesnaught was not a Pokemon you could naturally catch in Paldea. You had to get one through the Tera Raid, or trade with someone who did. However, both Great Tusk and Iron Treads are Pokemon that you can find in Area Zero. This is an endgame location though. As well, Great Tusk is a Scarlet exclusive and Iron Treads is a Violet one.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are readily available on the Nintendo Switch. The Chesnaught, Great Tusk, and Iron Treads Tera Raids will appear in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet from June 16-19, 2023.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, June 7, 2023 6:12 PM
     How To Get Insatiable Fury In Diablo 4 Featured imageBehind the Necromancer, the Druid is probably my second favorite class in Diablo 4. That's because you can be versatile, and deadly, and you can shapeshift into certain animals. The options are limitless. Investing in high-tier gear can make everything about this class almost Godlike. Unique gear in Diablo 4 is considered high-tier, that can only be earned a few ways. While they can make you look cool, they're good for other things as well. Most, if not all have effects that can make your build better. The Druid class has a rather rare chest piece called Insatiable Fury, and if you run this early-game build with this chest, things may be easier for you. The chest piece can only be found in certain ways, so if you're interested in how to get Insatiable Fury in Diablo 4, continue reading. Diablo 4: How to get Insatiable Fury First and foremost, since Insatiable Fury is a Unique Tier gear make sure you're on at least World Tier 3. Both World Tier 3 and 4 drop Sacred a...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:35 PM
     Totk Secret Treasure Under The Great Fish Vah Ruta Divine Helm In Treasure ChestThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom boasts an impressive number of side quests. Some of them don't aren't available until you advance the story to a certain point. Here is our guide explaining how to complete the Secret Treasure Under the Great Fish side quest in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Tears of the Kingdom – how to complete the Secret Treasure Under the Great Fish side quest You can't access the Secret Treasure Under the Great Fish side quest until you finish the Sidon of the Zora main quest. That main quest requires you to find and clear the Water Temple. If you need help with that last step, check our guide explaining how to turn on all four faucets in the Water Temple. Once you have assisted Sidon and Zora Domain has returned to its former splendor, you're ready to talk to some NPCs. They have new things to say. To complete the Secret Treasure Under the Great Fish side quest, help Sidon find the Vah Ruta Divine ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:35 PM
     Aspect Of The Umbral Diablo 4Are you wondering how to get Aspect of the Umbral in Diablo 4? If you're into Crowd Control spells for your builds, the Umbral Aspect is an excellent choice as it replenishes your Primary Resource when enemies are under its effect. This guide provides two simple ways to acquire and use the aspect effectively. How to Unlock Aspect of the Umbral in Diablo 4 Image: D4 Interaction Map You can obtain the Aspect of the Umbral by completing the Champion's Demise dungeon in the Dry Steppes region. Once obtained, you need to imprint it by visiting The Occultist. Alternatively, you can extract the Aspect of the Umbral from a Legendary item and imprint it on another item. How to Beat Champion's Demise in Diablo 4 When you enter the Champion's Demise dungeon, you must break the barrier that seals a section of the dungeon. You must find three Stone Carvings and return them to three pedestals to do this. The maps are procedurally generated so that each playthr...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:11 PM
     Tears Of The Kingdom Hyrule Compendium Eldin OstrichReturning from Breath of the Wild, the Hyrule Compendium functions as an encyclopedia featuring nearly every enemy, animal, material, weapon, and notable object you can come across. In The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you can gain access to the Hyrule Compendium after you unlock the Camera and get Robbie to relocate to the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab. The compendium won't have any entries listed when you first open it up, so you will need to fill it out yourself. At least, you will need to if you wish to clear every sidequest Tears of the Kingdom has to offer. So what are some of the best methods one can use to add entries to the Hyrule Compendium? Adding entries to the Hyrule Compendium in Tears of the Kingdom Of course, the conventional method for filling the compendium involves using the Camera app to snap pictures of any notable objects as well as the flora and fauna you encounter. As long as you see the game highlight your subject when viewing it with your Camera, ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:37 PM
     A masculine and feminine Druid stood by-side in Diablo 4By delivering Druidid Spirit Offerings to the animal spirits in Túl Dúlra, Druids in Diablo 4 gain access to Spirit Boons. These passive buffs can hugely improve your current build when combined with specific skills. This guide explores the best Spirit Boons to choose for each of the four spirits (Deer, Eagle, Wolf, and Snake), as well as the best spirit to bond with. Note: If you've never played a Druid, we have a guide on the best early-game build to get you up to scratch. How to Unlock Spirit Boons in Diablo 4 To unlock Spirit Boons in Diablo 4, your character must be level 15 and have conquered the Túr Dúlra Stronghold in Scosglen. We aren't just handed our specialization system, unlike some other classes. Túr Dúlra is tough to defeat at lower levels, but we highly recommend diverting the beaten path and claiming it as soon as possible. Once Túr Dúlra is reclaimed, continue the short Quest you're given to unlock access to the four animal s...

Gamer Empire Wednesday, June 7, 2023 2:14 PM
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Gamer Empire Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:32 PM
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WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Wednesday, June 7, 2023 6:35 PM
     The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has taken a beating from professional critics and gamers alike, becoming the worst reviewed game of the year. But does it deserve it?

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     TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is already a masterpiece, and now its getting DLC, including new playable characters.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:44 PM

The publisher recently revealed that the game had surpassed one million players

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, June 7, 2023 5:06 PM

A gameplay trailer was also released.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, June 7, 2023 4:07 PM

The update will add the new monster Primordial Malzeno

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, June 7, 2023 3:34 PM

The publisher announced that pre-orders for the game have now been canceled

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Level Up Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:51 PM
     Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 has slumbered in <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/11/02/video-games-stuck-in-development-hell-part-2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">development hell</a> since…