PCGamesN Sunday, June 18, 2023 11:46 AM
Medieval city-building game Kingdoms and Castles has just received a huge update while the brilliantly reviewed game is also part of a Steam sale, making now the perfect time for you to give it a try if you haven't already. So with the arrival of the Kingdoms and Castles Infrastructure and Industry update and 40% off on the game, there's no time like the present.
Siliconera Sunday, June 18, 2023 3:00 PM
You've probably noticed them when you walk around the electronics or toy sections at Target or Walmart: the Bandai Namco Anime Heroes figure line. These are more affordable and limited versions of iconic characters that cost far less than the SH Figuarts options. They may be a bit basic, but they're more than functional. After looking at the Bleach Anime Heroes Ichigo and Renji figures, I'd even say they're good initial options for a younger fan or someone who is interested in getting into collecting figures, but isn't sure if they want to spend over $40 for one yet.
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The paint job also isn't bad on either of the figures! There's no definition around their mouths, which means their expressions get a bit lost. But both of their faces are well painted. Ichigo's eyebrows are easy to see, which could have been difficult given the shade of orange used. And as I mentioned before, Renji's tattoos are there. Their outfits are a bit simple, given that it's based on their earlier appearances. But even then, I've seen a lot of action figures that can get sloppy even with basic outfits, so it's nice to see the care here. There's also pretty standard sizes, standing at about six inches tall. So they will be taller than a Good Smile Company figma, but about the exact same height as a finished Megami Device/Frame Arms Girl/Sousai Shojo Teien model kit character.
However, if you collecting a wide range of figures, especially higher end ones, you'll notice some of the apparent issues with the Anime Heroes line and Bleach Ichigo and Renji ones especially. One of the points of articulation are the ankles, and the combination of the positioning and their hakama meant it was impossible for either of mine to stand without assistance. (Ichigo would always tip forward, while Renji would fall back.) There are no stands and it's so fiddly that'd have preferred that joint be omitted completely. While the upper body build quality feels fine, albeit with stuff joints, the plastic used for the hakama feels far cheaper.
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They're also much more difficult to pose than more expensive figures, as you might expect. While articulated, their range of movement is limited. This is especially true at the elbows and knees. But the worst issue I found related to Ichigo's Zangetsu. Because of the plastic ribbon at the end and the stiffness of the closed grip hands, it is near impossible to pry them open to so he can wield it. I had to basically thread it through both wrists, fake ribbon first, and slide it in. It was an ordeal. He's holding it forever now. That's just how it goes.
The Bleach Anime Heroes figures of Ichigo and Renji are available at major retailers for $19.99.
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Siliconera Sunday, June 18, 2023 12:00 PM
Working at a dog shelter is one of those jobs that sounds wonderful at first, but is inevitably far more stressful, complicated, and full of poop-scooping than expected. In that way, To The Rescue by Little Rock Games is a surprisingly accurate simulation. While appearing initially comfy with an appealing art style and plenty of dogs, the game can very quickly overwhelm you if you aren't prepared. You only have two hands after all, and there are oh so many dogs to pet.
To The Rescue starts with picking from a selection of set character appearances, choosing a canine companion, and naming them. Once that's done, the game quickly escalates from tending to a lost puppy to starting your first day working at a shelter. There you learn the basics like feeding, cleaning, restocking, and presenting dogs for potential adopters. There's quite a lot to do to keep each dog happy and healthy, and being able to hold only two items at the start means you will be going back and forth a lot. Then, after two whole shifts, the mayor deems you ready to head the town's brand new shelter all on your own. I appreciate a game that doesn't drag its feet, but To The Rescue really throws you in the deep end, especially when you begin managing construction and staffing later on.
The dogs themselves come in a lovely array of breeds, with generated names, traits, and preferences. The only trouble is that those types don't really end up affecting things all that much. It's fairly simple to arrange the dogs with similar food preferences together, but keeping difficult or violent dogs separate may be challenging. The actual adoption process is also not especially strict. You simply pick five dogs to display and, if their collective adoptability rating overcomes the visitor's reluctance, then a dog is adopted. Though visitors have their preferences, you can often overpower them with a display of decently clean, well-fed dogs. When you have upwards of 20 dogs to look after, then that simplicity can be a blessing, but it also means you don't have to engage that much with the trait system or the dogs in general. Rather than getting to know all these little friends with their funny little names, you feel incentivized to get them clean, fed, and out the door. Again, probably like a real dog shelter, but it does make it a bit disappointing mechanically.
I also had some issues with poorly explained mechanics and controls indicated by very small icons. I spent a good while unable to pick up any items, because I'd locked myself into leashing mode with an accidental press of the thumb stick and didn't notice the small UI indication as I flailed about trying to take care of all my tasks. The frequency of visitors was also a factor, as I assumed that like other business sim games you would have a limited time to serve them. Not so in To The Rescue, as potential adopters will happily wait in your lobby all day until you are ready to showcase some dogs. Upgrades like extra item slots and more leashed dogs at once helped quite a lot, but honestly it was this revalisation that made the game much more manageable, and it isn't explained.
There are also quite a few bugs and glitches. Beyond things like the game screen popping up before it had properly loaded or being unable to interact with dogs, there were also system errors and crashes. During the tutorial, I was tasked with moving a certain dog to a new kennel, but doing so didn't progress the task. I eventually fixed it by placing a different dog in that kennel, one who happened to have the same name. I also experienced the menu selection plip disappearing several times, only coming back after opening and then closing the start menu.
There's definitely satisfaction to be had in keeping on top of the endless influx of visitors, furry friends and the accompanying mess, but the game is mechanically far less sentimental that you might expect. If you like shop management type games then To The Rescue! is a good time with a lovely and pretty novel theme, but those looking for specific focus on the canines might find themselves disappointed.
To The Rescue! is available now on Nintendo Switch and PC or Mac via Steam.
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, June 18, 2023 5:46 PM
Much of the work in a Darkest Dungeon 2 run is completed before the run has even officially begun. The party creation stage, where you choose which four heroes you'll be taking with you, is incredibly important, outweighing most of the individual decisions you'll make out on the road or in battle. It's important to pick the best heroes for the job, of course, but it's equally important to arrange them into a party that makes sense, and has the internal synergy necessary to carry you through to the Mountain. If you want some suggestions on squads that can do just that, then read on for our guide to the best team comps in Darkest Dungeon 2. The best team comps in Darkest Dungeon 2 The ol' reliable Image by PC Invasion This is the team comp you'll see most often in Darkest Dungeon 2, and for good reason: it provides the best, most balanced set of abilities possible, and can get you through runs very consistently. The fact that it's almost entirely composed of...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, June 18, 2023 3:12 PM
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 constantly updates with new quality-of-life additions and tweaks to the game. Sometimes these work out for the best and produce a more accessible game for all; sometimes, not so much. With an update rolled out with season 4 of Warzone 2, the ability to bring money in and out of the DMZ was added. This has made buying supplies and drops much easier and quicker, provided the function works. The problem some players face is that they can't access their backpacks after the wallet unlock in Warzone 2. How to fix 'Can't access backpack after wallet unlock' in Warzone 2 DMZ The issue exists outside of the game. Once the wallet has been unlocked, it then becomes impossible to access the backpack. Players have reported that the cursor will just become stuck over the wallet and not allow further use of the backpack. The issue only persists on consoles, so PC players are unphased by the wallet and backpack issues. There are a few solutions to the proble...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, June 18, 2023 2:45 PM
Season 3 of Call of Duty DMZ brought a number of interesting and exciting updates, but none so much as the new location. Vondel is the latest map to hit DMZ, bringing with it a new enemy and challenges. One of these challenges is to find the location of detonators dotted around the map. Each location has a few spawn points for the detonators, and they can be a little tricky to find. Here's how to find the Castle detonator in Warzone 2 DMZ. Where to find Castle Detonator in Warzone 2 DMZ The Castle detonator can spawn in one of two places. I think it is easiest to start at the top of the building and work your way down. This encounters the least amount of enemies and can even be done with no conflict whatsoever. Screenshot by PC Invasion While facing the Castle, jump into the moat to the right of the bridge. Swim towards the Castle walls and look for a climbing rope. Once at the top of the rope, head right down the corridor until you get to the tower. ...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, June 18, 2023 2:02 PM
Diablo 4 is, regardless of any faults in other departments, no slouch when it comes to the sheer volume of content it contains. From quests to items to areas on the world map, there's so much to explore that you could easily sink months into fully savoring it all. Dungeons are one such abundance, with over 150 in total dotting the overworld, beckoning greedy travelers in with the promise of loot while preparing to ambush them with a horde of skeletons at the same time. Most of these are easy to stumble upon naturally in your travels, but some take a little extra digging to unearth, such as Uldur's Cave. You'll need to travel deep into the desert to do so, but this guide will show you where to find Uldur's Cave in Diablo 4. How to locate Uldur's Cave in Diablo 4 Reaching Uldur's Cave Screenshots by PC Invasion Uldur's Cave can be found in the Kehjistan region of the overworld map, specifically the Ragged Co...
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, June 18, 2023 5:43 PM
It is a "single-player campaign" and will be "completely new and different."
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, June 18, 2023 4:43 PM
The director stated that the movie will replicate the game's visuals and aesthetic
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, June 18, 2023 4:00 PM
And another unspecified Nintendo event sometime in July
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